Crime Prevention

As we approach the holiday season, here are some important reminders to consider in order to keep you and your family safe.


Vehicle Property Theft
Recently, crime prevention officers conducted vehicle safety checks at malls and parks. They observed that several items were left in plain view in cars. Also, several cars had unlocked doors and open windows. When valuables are left inside a car, the owner has a greater risk of being victimized. Several security changes can reduce the risk of theft.
1. Lock all doors and remove keys from the vehicle. Make sure you are close enough to your car that you can hear the doors lock if using your keyless entry remote. Also, roll all of the windows up completely and secure convertible tops and sunroofs. These are easy points of entry if not secured.
2. Do not leave GPSs or cell phones in plain view. Keep valuables stored in a locked trunk. The trunk is more secure than the vehicle passenger area.
3. Remove cords used to charge electronics. The cords are an indica¬tor that you have electronics that may be “hidden” in your car.
4. Keep your garage door opener hidden or take it with you. If you park your car outside of the garage, do not leave the garage door opener in the car overnight. A crimi¬nal could break into your car and bur¬glarize your home.
5. Park in well lit areas and be observant of suspicious people in the area. If something doesn’t look right, leave the area and park some¬where else or call 911.
6. If you have a trunk release in your vehicle, be sure to lock it.
7. Use a security escort if available. If you exit a location and some¬thing doesn’t feel right, trust your gut instinct.


Home Safety Outside
1. Trim all bushes and trees that hide doors, windows or entry ways. Trim lower tree limbs for a better view. You want to be able to see clearly out of all of your windows. Make sure there are no areas where a criminal could hide.
2. Do not leave ladders or tools outside that can be used to enter your home. A ladder left outside can be used to enter a second floor window where alarm sensors are not usually installed.
3. If you are not working in the garage, close the door. People who drive by can see all of the things in your garage and this can make you an attractive target.
4. Don’t hide keys under flower pots or door mats. Criminals know exactly where to look. Leave a key with a trusted neighbor.
5. If you do not have an alarm system, make a criminal think you do. You can purchase alarm signs and stickers from eBay and place them around your home.
6. Have security lighting all around your house. You can install flood lighst with sensors that detect motion or darkness.
7. Report any suspicious persons or vehicles to the police.


Home Safety Inside
1. All exterior doors should have a deadbolt lock with a minimum of one inch throw. The strike plate should be installed with a minimum of 3 inch screws that anchor into the wall framing.
2. All sliding glass doors should be secured with a wooden dowel or broom handle in the door track. Do not depend solely on the lock on the sliding glass door.
3. Make sure all of your windows are locked. All single hung and double hung windows should be locked by placing a bolt or nail through a hole in top corner of the bottom sash and partway through the upper sash. This will prevent a criminal for unlocking the sash lock and opening the window.
4. Consider installing an alarm system in your home. If you’re on a budget, you do not have to have it monitored by an alarm company. Just be sure it has a very loud horn that will alert all of your neighbors and then tell them if they hear it
for more than a few seconds, call the police.
5. As a safeguard, video everything inside your house. Go to every room and open all cabinets and make a record of everything you own. Make copies of the videos and give it to friends or relatives to keep. It will not do much good if you keep it on your computer, and your computer ends up being stolen.


Home Safety Checks Available
Have you ever thought of ways to better secure your home? Crime prevention officers will come to your home and conduct a residential security survey to point out where the security of doors, windows, and other areas can be improved to further secure your property. The average home security survey takes approximately one hour to complete. Many of the suggestions that the officers make are quick and inexpensive changes that can make a huge difference. If you would like to schedule a home security survey, contact your local police department.


Quote Of The Month

"You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell Him you have received his Christmas gift .”

John R. Rice



 

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