August

Crime Prevention

  • Don’t rely on chain locks for security. They’re only good for privacy.
  • Keep all doors and windows locked, even if you are just going out “for a minute.”  
  • Lock gates, garages, and sheds after each use.
  • Store bicycles, mowers, etc. in a locked garage or shed, or secure them to some stationary point.
  • Don’t leave notes on your door when you are away from home.
  • Don’t leave keys in mailboxes or planters, under doormats, or in other obvious hiding spots. Leave an extra key with a neighbor.
  • Learn to recognize who belongs in your neighborhood, i.e., residents, workers, guests, etc.
  • Know who’s at your door before opening it. Check photo registration card before dealing with any solicitors, peddlers, interviewers, etc.  
  • Be suspicious of persons making unsolicited offers of services.
  • Post a NO SOLICITING sign if you don’t want any solicitor to ring your door bell, knock on your door, or make any other sound to attract your attention.    
  • Ask for photo identification before letting in anyone you don’t know. Check out the identification with the company or agency if you are suspicious.
  • Never let a stranger enter your home to use the telephone. Offer to make the call yourself in an emergency.
  • Don’t give your name, phone number, or whereabouts on your answering machine message. Never say you aren’t home. Just ask the caller to leave a message.
  • Don’t leave your home keys on a chain with your vehicle keys when you use valet parking. Also, don’t leave your garage door opener where it is easily accessible. Keep your vehicle registration, proof of insurance, and any other papers with your home address on them where a criminal is not likely to find them.
  • Don’t give maids, babysitters, or others working in your home access to your home keys or alarm codes.
  • Call the police on 911 if you are at home and hear or see something suspicious.