Home Security Tips
Going on vacation?
Going to be away for awhile?
Make your home look occupied!
1. Lock all outside doors before you leave or go to bed.
2. Lock all windows.
3. Leave lights on when you go out. A radio playing is a good burglar
deterrent. If you are going to be away for any length of time, connect
some lamps to automatic timers so that your lights turn on at dusk
and go off at bedtime.
4. Keep your garage door closed and locked. An empty garage is a
good sign that no one is at home.
5. Don't allow daily deliveries to accumulate when you are gone.
Cancel them in person or by phone or ask a neighbor to take care
of the mail, newspapers, and advertising circulations. Never leave
notes that can tip off burglars to your plans.
6. Arrange to have your lawn cut in the summer and walkways shoveled
in the winter, if you are going to be away for an extended period
7. Lower the bell on your telephone so the ringing cannot be heard
8. Never leave keys under flower pots, door mats, inside unlocked
mailboxes or in other "secret" hiding places, burglars
know them all.
9. If you are going on vacation:
a) notify the police and tell them how long you will
be gone, who has a key to your home and where you can be reached;
b) ask your neighbors to keep an eye on your house and
leave them a key so the home can be periodically inspected and ask
them to vary the position of the shades and blinds from day to day;
c) don't publicize your travel plans and don't tell strangers about
Vehicle Security Tips
• Always lock your vehicle(s).
• Never Leave anything valuable in your vehicle. This includes:
- Cell phones
• If you must leave something in your vehicle, lock it in
• When possible, park in a well-lit area.
• Report all suspicious vehicles and activities. If possible,
write down license plate numbers.
• Coordinate information and activities with your neighbors.
A good neighbor is the best crime prevention tool.
For more information, please call the Crime Prevention Office
Operation I.D. is a nationwide program designed to discourage burglary
and theft of valuables and provide an easy way to identify stolen
property. Most burglars steal property for re-sale. With proper
identification, the burglar will be unable to sell the property
to others for profit. Electric engravers are available at many locations.
All necessary forms, equipment and additional information can be
obtained by calling the Police Department.
How to Report an Incident to the Police
(emergency or non-emergency)
• Call 311 or 911
• Give your name and address
• Briefly describe the event - what happened, when, where, and
who was involved.
• Describe the suspect(s): sex and race, age, height, weight,
hair color, clothing, distinctive characteristics such as beard, mustache,
scars, or accent.
• Describe the vehicle if one was involved: color, make, model,
year, license plate, and special features such as stickers, dents,
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