Three factors must be present for a crime to occur: desire, ability and opportunity. YOU can have a significant impact on the last one, OPPORTUNITY, and can significantly reduce crime by taking simple crime prevention steps.
Use a door viewer before opening your door. Always demand identification from strangers (even repair or sales persons).
Always lock up your home before leaving.
Don't hide your house keys outdoors anywhere.
Use interior and exterior lighting at all times. (Exterior lights on a timer or sensor device)
Keep trees and shrubs trimmed.
Have keys ready and in your hand for immediate use when you return home.
Install a Home Security System.
Join Operation Identification - most burglars will not steal marked property.
Items can be brought to the Sheriff's Office for marking between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday, or arrangements can be made to borrow one of our engravers.
Plan your route ahead of time. Never walk alone at night; walk with a friend or with your dog.
Use well lit streets; not dark alleys or bushy areas.
Carry signaling devices like shriek alarms or a whistle.
Pepper spray (If you carry it be sure you know how to use it)
BE ALERT ! Look behind you occasionally. Observe your surroundings.
NEVER ask for or accept a ride from a stranger.
Don't carry large sums of money or wear valuable jewelry.
Don't resist an armed robber - hand over whatever is demanded quickly and quietly.
Your life and safety are worth more than any personal property.
If possible, don't carry one !! Never carry anything you can't afford to lose in it.
Carry your purse across the front of your body, with your forearm across the front of the purse and your elbow held tightly against your side.
Carry your keys, wallet or other valuables in pockets in your clothes.
Carry minimum amounts of cash and credit cards. Keep a record of all
of your card numbers.
Always look inside before entering your car.
Lock all doors immediately after you are in the car.
Never pick up hitchhikers.
If a stranger approaches while you are in the car, keep the windows up, doors locked and engine running.
Honk your horn if you need to attract attention.
Park in well lit areas at night.
Always lock your car when leaving it.
Consider installing an auto burglar alarm system.
Don't leave anything valuable in your car if at all possible. If you leave packages in your car, place them in the trunk or storage area.
Garage sales are generally safe. HOWEVER, here are some precautions.
Do not advertise garage sales as a "moving sale;" this implies that the house may be vacant for extended periods of time.
Do not answer personal questions about the house such as type of alarm, daytime occupancy, etc.
Do not let people inside (to use the bathroom. phone, etc.)
Hide or destroy boxes from computers, TV's, VCR's, etc. Don't accidentally advertise that you own such items.