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Crime Prevention Tips and FAQs

What should I do while shopping to protect my property and self? (from Holiday Safety Tips - December 2011)

 

  1. Stay alert and be aware of what is going on around you.
  2.  Park in well-light areas, lock all car doors, close windows, and hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk.
  3. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; whenever possible, pay with check or credit card
  4. Do not overburden yourself with packages.
  5. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry your purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put your wallet in an inside coat pocket or front pants pocket
  6. When shopping with kids, teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.
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How do I prevent a burglary to an apartment? (from Crime Prevention Tips - January 2012)
  1. Do not prop open security doors
  2. Do no accept/pay rent payments in cash
  3. Do not leave windows and doors open or unlocked when you are not home or sleepting. Even if it is for a minute
  4. Don't open the door for individuals you do not know
  5. Do install "NO LOITERING and TRESPASSING" signs
  6. Call Non-Emergency (933-4444) when you see illegal or suspicious activities
  7. Do lock windows and doors when you are not home or sleeping
  8. Do leave lights lights and a radio or television on when you are not home
  9. Do accept/pay rent payments by personal check
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How to I prevent theft from my vehicle? (from Crime Prevention Tips - January 2012)
  1. Do not leave valuables in plain sight. This even means items like, but not limited to, removable radios, Ipods, electronic chargers, loose coins
  2. Leave your vehicle unlocked
  3. Do place valuables in your trunk prior to arriving at your destination
  4. Do lock your vehicle
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What should I do to protect my property if I'm going out for the evening? (from the Holiday Crime Tips - December 2011)

 

 

  1. Do be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave, even if it for a few minutes
  2. Do not display gifts or other valuables where they can be seen from the outside
  3. Do leave lights and a radio or television on when you are not home
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What should I do if I'm going out of town? (from Holiday Crime Tips - December 2011)
  1. Get an automatic timer for your lights
  2. As a neighbor or a family member or friend to shovel snow/mow lawn and park in the driveway from time to time
  3. Give a spare key to a neighbor or family member or friend, ask them to check on your home from time to time
  4. Stop your mail and newspaper delivery. If it is piling up while you are gone, it is a sure sign you are gone
  5. Call your local District sation, and ask for extra patrol while you are gone. Provide the following information:
    1. Your name, address, and cell phone number or contact number where you will be
    2. When you are leaving and will be returning
    3. What lights will be on and/or on a timer
    4. Who has a spare key and their contact information
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What are the most popular stolen autos (from Crime Prevention Tips - January 2012)
  1. Cadillac Escalade
  2. Chevrolet Caprice (Early 1990's)
  3. Chrysler Minivan
  4. Dodge Inrepid
  5. Dodge Minivan
  6. Dodge Stratus
  7. Honda Accord
  8. Honda Civic
  9. Toyota Camry (Late 1980's to Early 1990's)
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What are should I DO and NOT do to prevent theft of my vehicle? (from Crime Prevention Tips - January 2012)
  1. Do not leave your keys in your vehicle
  2. Leave your keys in your vehicle, while the engine is running...even if it is for a minute.
  3. Lend your vehicle to anyone, even if you know him or her
  4. Leave your keys unattended around strangers
  5. Do always lock your doors, whether you are parking in a garage or in a public area
  6. Park in a garage, if possible
  7. Park in a well-light area, near security or video cameras; if possible
  8. Install an anti-theft device (i.e. car alarm, sterring wheel or brake immobilization device)
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How do I prevent a burglary to my house? (from Crime Prevention Tips - January 2012)
  1. Do not leave windows and doors open or unlocked when you are not home or sleeping. Even if it is for a minute
  2. Do not open the door for individuals you do not know
  3. Do not leave your mail in the mailbox or newspapers outside the door. Stop delivery while on vacation, or have a neighbor or family member gather them while you are gone
  4. Do install "No Loitering and Trespassing" signs
  5. Do call Non-Emergency (9336-4444) when you see illegal or suspicious activity
  6. Do lock windows and doors when you are not home or sleeping
  7. Do ask who is at your door prior to opening it. Don't open it to strangers.
  8. Do install a "peep" hole in the door or window near the entry to, so you can see who is outside the door
  9. Do leave lights and radio or television on when you are not home
  10. Do call your local District station, and ask for extra patrol when you are gone on vacation. Give them the following information:
    1. Your name, address, and cell phone number or phone number where you will be
    2. When you are leaving and when your are returning
    3. What lights will be on and/or on a timer
    4. Who has a spare key and their contact information
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