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Crime Prevention Tips -- And Halloween Safety Brochure

posted Oct 5, 2012, 11:33 AM by Domain Admin   [ updated Feb 5, 2013, 1:00 PM ] You Play a Key Role in Preventing Crime 

1.        Lock your doors and windows—even when leaving for a short period.

a.      Install a deadbolt on all exterior doors (bolt should extend 1 inch)

b.      Close the garage door

c.       Install new locks when you move in.  If you live in an apartment, ask the landlord to do it.

2.        Open the door only for people you know or are expecting.

 a.      Look through a window or install a peephole so you can see who is there.

b.      Ask for strangers id.  Verify a repair workers identity by calling his or her company.

c.        If a stranger asks to use your phone due to an emergency, say that you will place the call and don’t let them in the house.

 3.        Make your home looks busy when you’re gone—burglars are less likely to target a house when you are home.

 a.      Set indoor lights or even a television on a  timer

b.      Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to get the mail or newspaper, mow the lawn, or shovel snow if gone for long periods.  Mail can be held at the post office through the USPS website.

 4.       Use lighting and landscaping to increase safety—make it hard for criminals to hide on your property.

 a.      Light all entrances at night—use motion sensor lights

b.      Trim shrubs and trees to reduce shadows and possible hiding places

c.        Trim trees so criminals cannot climb them to access windows

d.      Use trees, shrubs and rocks to define your property’s border.  Borders help show where people do and don’t belong.

e.       Use fencing material people can see through or over.  You want your neighbors to be able to tell if something is wrong.

 5.        Team up with neighbors.

a.      Start or join a neighborhood watch.

b.      Keep an eye on neighbors’ property.  Report suspicious activity to law enforcement, don’t assume that someone else is reporting it.

c.        Keep your yard and house in good condition.  It shows criminals that people in your neighborhood care and are alert.

 6.        Practice safety in and around your car.

 a.      Don’t leave money and valuables in your car.

b.      Park in well lit places.

c.        Hold your key when you walk to your car.  Look inside before getting in—make sure no one is hiding.

d.      Plan your driving route in advance.  Stay out of dangerous areas.

e.       Lock your doors and roll up your windows when driving.  Turn off the car and lock it when you are not in it.

f.        Consider installing an alarm or another anti-theft device.

 7.        Stay alert on public transportation.

 a.      Keep your belongings with  you, don’t set them on empty seats

b.      Sit as close as possible to the driver as possible, especially during late hours

c.        Sit in aisle seats to avoid being blocked in

d.      Avoid sleeping, listening to music on headphones and other distractions that could make you a target.

e.       Keep smart phones and other music players out of sight.

f.        Report anyone that bothers you to the driver.

 8.       Avoid isolated areas.

Stay near people and well lit areas when you are out in public.  Walk, jog and bike with others, for example if someone else follows you, get near other people as soon as possible, run if needed.  If the situation feels wrong, it probably is.

 9.        Secure your purse or wallet.

 a.       Keep your wallet in a front pocket or interior jacket pocket.

b.      Wear your purse so it fits snugly between your body and your arm.

c.        Carry only the money you need.  Don’t display money where other people can see it.

d.      Only use ATMs in well lit areas where there are several other people around.  Don’t count your cash out in the open.

 10.    Protect your identity on-line.

 a.       Never give personal or financial information over email or on websites to people or businesses you don’t know.

b.      Only give your information on secure websites.  A good sign that a site is secure is when the URL address begins with “https.”

c.        Install security hardware.  Visit for more information.

 11.      Be alert for email, mail and telephone scams.  These scams may try to hook you by offering prizes or money.  These can be tempting—don’t fall for them!

a.       Don’t give personal or financial information.

b.      Don’t let people pressure you into accepting offers you don’t need or want.  Just hang up.

 12.      Work with law enforcement.

 Report all crimes and suspicious activity.  After a crime, give as much information as possible.  Write down all details, such as what the criminal or his or her car looked like.

 Please share this information with your neighborhood, family and friends…as usual when we partner together in crime prevention, we’re all more successful in keeping our community safe. 

Domain Admin,
Oct 5, 2012, 11:55 AM
Domain Admin,
Oct 5, 2012, 11:33 AM