Most crimes are crimes of opportunity. We take this opportunity to offer you some tips on how to prevent certain crimes.
- Report suspicious and unusual activity to the police.
- Lock your car and take the keys with you.
- Use Operation I.D. or use an engraver to engrave your driver’s license number into your property.
- Don’t leave personal belongings unattended.
- If you ride a bicycle/moped or motorcycle, use Operation I.D. and engrave your property. A good chain and a poor lock does not work. Consider high security locks and chains for your bicycle/moped or motorcycle.
- Public Safety officers can assist you with crime prevention from your local police department. If you have a question, contact them! Help us help you. Together we can make crime prevention work for you.
Secure your vehicle:
- Always lock your vehicle.
- Keep your vehicle in good operating condition.
- Record the make, model and serial number of all valuable items in your vehicle.
- Mount CB radios, tape players and other radio equipment so it can be removed and locked in your trunk.
- Install an alarm system in your vehicle to guard against theft.
- When having your vehicle serviced at the Auto Shop, leave only the ignition and door keys.
- Check to be sure you always have an ample supply of gasoline.
- Report any suspicious persons or vehicles to the police.
At your hotel, don’t enter your room if your door is open. Instead, call security. Don’t answer the door in your hotel or motel room without verifying who it is. If someone claims to be a hotel employee, call the front desk to verify. Report any suspicious movement in the corridors or rooms to hotel management. Never, never, never leave money, jewelry, or valuables in your room, not even for a short time. Check with the management for a safe deposit box.
Be extremely careful in inviting new friends or acquaintances to your hotel room.
Don’t leave suitcases or packages in your car or van, if possible. Keep valuables out of sight. Be careful where you park. Don’t park in areas that are dark or deserted. Your best bet: Spend the extra few bucks and park at a lot that has an attendant.
Look confident and be aware of the environment around you. Walk briskly and with someone, especially after dark. Face traffic and stay visible. Avoid isolated areas and cutting through parks, vacant lots and deserted areas. Avoid wearing valuable, loose fitting jewelry. Don’t fight a purse snatcher. Report suspicious behavior to the police immediately.
Don’t entertain strangers who may try to stop you to ask you questions. Keep walking and ignore the person. If you need information or become lost do not talk to anyone on the street. Locate a business such as a hotel or restaurant and ask an employee for assistance.
Beware of some isolated local scam artists that try to con you out of money.
Walk away from anyone who want to show you “Where the action is” or who wants to lead you to a club or bar. Don’t leave on foot or in a vehicle with someone you just met.
Remember — Keep a major credit card and a picture ID separate from your wallet or purse. There are few things that can be as discomforting than being away from home with no money or credit cards. You can get a cash advance with your credit card, but most banks will require a picture ID.
Use traveler’s checks or credit cards instead of cash whenever possible. Carry the fewest items possible to reduce your burden and thief’s targets. Keep your wallet or purse under your direct control at all times. When using bathrooms, don’t put valuables on the floor. When at restaurants or other public places don’t hang your purse on the back of a chair. Particularly when traveling out of town, keep a major credit card and a picture ID separate from your wallet or purse. If you should lose your wallet or purse you will not be stranded.
Preventing Home Burglary
Invest in solid doors and good quality locks on doors and windows. This includes on all sliding glass doors as well. Make it not only difficult but also time consuming for a burglar to gain entry.
Whenever you go outside, lock the door and take the key with you, even if you are just stepping next door or out mowing the back yard.
Don’t put valuables where they can be seen from the window, especially items that can be easily carried.
Be sure your garage door can be secured. Do not leave it open when you are away; an empty garage broadcasts your absence.
When you aren’t home, use a timer set to turn interior lights on and off at varying intervals as though your home was still occupied.
Don’t keep large amounts of cash or really valuable jewelry around the house.
If someone comes to your door asking to use the telephone, make the call yourself. Don’t invite them in.
Don’t hide a spare key under the door mat or under a flower pot. Thieves know all the good hiding places.
Plant thorny bushes under all windows. Trim back any trees or shrubs near doors and windows to eliminate hiding places for would-be thieves.
Invest in a good security system along with motion sensor lights installed out of reach
Don’t leave ladders outside. Keep any tools that could be used to break in your home safely locked away in a garage or shed.
Get a barking dog or “beware of dog” signs. If you own a dog and go out of town, have someone come in and care for your dog in your home.
Always double check doors at night and lock all windows.
Engrave all valuables such as stereos, microwaves, video cameras, with your driver’s license number. (Engraving tools are usually available through your local law enforcement agency.) Videotape the contents of your home. Keep the video and the list of all valuables in a safe place, such as a safety deposit box.
Crime Prevention Tips
Be cautious about warming up your car in the morning. A lot of vehicle thefts occur in the winter as a result of residents leaving their cars running unattended.
Make sure your garage door is shut and the doors leading to the garage are locked.
Keep personal property hidden inside your vehicle. Examples include – cell phones, purses, and CDs.
Keep a list of identifiable property. Examples include the serial numbers on your electronic equipment.
Be a good neighbor. Get to know the people around you, and look out for each other.
Be sure to always lock your house, vehicles, and windows.
You may want to think about purchasing motion lights and better locks. This small expense can save you peace of mind and thousands of dollars.
Install easy-to-use deadbolt locks.
Install new locks if you move or lose your keys.
Keep Garage and Basement doors locked and close curtains or blinds at night.
If possible, Install and use a peephole, and never open the door to strangers, or let them know that you’re alone.
Ask service people for “ID” and verify it before you open the door, and remember that chain locks can be forced open.
Consider a dog, if practical – even a small dog can provide some protection or deterrent