Crime Prevention Tips & Info
- Burglary Prevention
- Package/ Mail Theft
- Vehicle Theft
- Bicycle Theft
- Personal Safety Tips
- Car Prowler
- Crime Stoppers
Entry points: Identify which entrances are hidden/out of view of your neighbors
Determine where you could enter without too much difficulty and secure these locations.
Exterior doors should be strong enough to withstand force.
All exterior doors should be secured with a deadbolt lock that has a minimum one-inch throw with heavy duty strike plates and frames anchored to the homes main construction.
All exterior doors should fit snugly against the frame and all frames should be free of warping, cracks, and other signs of wear and tear.
Solid core wood, metal or other reinforced doors, reinforced door jams or jam braces..
The main entrance door should have a doorwide-angle (180 degree)viewer/peephole.
Sliding glass doors and windows should be secure against forcing the locks or from being lifted completely out of the frame.
High-risk windows (basement, garage, ground-level, partially or totally secluded, latched, etc.) should be secured sufficiently enough to discourage or impede possible intrusion.
Double-hung windows should be secured with pins or extra locks to discourage prying.
Trees and shrubs should be trimmed to allow visibility along the perimeter (particularly entries) of the house.
Timers (both interior and exterior) should be installed to activate lights in your absence.
All entrances (doors and windows) to your home should be well lit at night.
Your address should be posted on your house and be clearly visible from the street both night and day.
Motion sensor lighting, specifically directed and focused on entry points and vulnerable areas, no flood lighting and beware of light trespass.
- Do not send cash in the mail
- Deposit mail in a mail slot vs. leaving it unattended awaiting pickup
- Pick up mail promptly
- Fill out change of address forms
- Put a stop on mail while out of town
- Track shipments online
- Choose a shipping option that requires a signature
- Choose a shipping location with a person available to receive
- Install a locking bin that cannot be removed where packages can be safely deposited.
Many auto thefts are crimes of opportunity and take less than a minute to happen. Leaving vehicles running or spare keys inside greatly increases the chances of having a vehicle stolen.
- Keep vehicles locked with windows secured
- Do not keep keys in the vehicle
- Do not leave the vehicle running un-attended
- Parking in well lit areas with good visibility
- Do not leave valuables in a vehicle
- Consider an anti-theft device
- Use the emergency break when you park
- Never leave your bike unlocked and makes sure the lock is properly secured
- Secure the wheels and frame
- When possible leave bikes in well-traveled areas
- Secure bikes inside when storing them at home if possible
- Keep a record of your bike serial number, photos, or other identifiable marks
- Pay attention to your surroundings
- Stay off your phone when going somewhere
- If you have headphones make sure you can still hear outside noises
- Keep your personal belongings such as backpacks, purses, etc., close to you or on your person
- Do not display valuable items (e.g., Iphone, cash)
- When using an ATM choose a location that is well lit and in a busy area
- Plan your route and stick to areas you feel safe
- Do not leave any valuables in plain sight
- If valuables must be left behind, hide them out of sight before parking the vehicle
- Use of audible alarms can be effective
- Do not leave garage door openers in an unattended vehicle
- Choose parking spaces with good light and visibility
You can anonymously provide information about a crime by contacting our Crime Stoppers tip line at 406.245.6660.