Crime Prevention

At Home
  • Make sure your main door has a door viewer (peep hole).
  • Install solid core wood or metal doors on all exterior door openings.
  • Always lock windows and doors.
  • Do not hide a spare key around your house or property.
  • Keep all landscaping trimmed back to allow a clear view onto the property.  Do not allow plants to obstruct the view of windows and doorways.
  • Know your neighbors. Be aware of who belongs and who does not belong.
  • Always verify who is at your door if someone knocks or rings the bell.  You do not have to open the door, but you should always let them know you are home.
Holiday Shopping
  • Pay attention to your surroundings. Know where you are and where you are going.
  • Avoid carrying purses or backpacks.  Take a small coin purse or card wallet that fits in your pocket.
  • Be aware of anyone watching what you purchase or what you have in your wallet.
  • Do not leave wallets or purses unattended in a shopping cart. 
  • Do not leave packages on your porch, at your door etc. Bring them in immediately or ask a friend to collect them, or have packages shipped to your office.
  • Do not leave anything in your car, even if it's not valuable.  Criminals watch for you to place packages in your car or trunk. 
  • Do not carry anything that you cannot afford to lose.
  • Park in well-lit locations if shopping when dark.
  • Park near entrances or heavily populated areas.
  • Look around as you approach your car.  Have your keys in hand, and be ready to unlock and enter your vehicle.
  • Always shop with someone else, or let someone know where you are.
On-line Shopping
  • Auction sites account for 40% of on-line consumer fraud.
  • Use only well-known established businesses.
  • Do not give out personal information or credit card numbers to unknown persons or companies.
  • Before placing an order with a company or with an unknown company, call the company by phone and get a feel for their business practices and professionalism.
  • Always check your financial statements for unauthorized purchases.
  • Do not purchase from direct marketing phone calls to your home or business.  Although many companies are legitimate, many are not.  Get a name, address, phone number, and a way to contact the business in order to check them out.  Call the Better Business Bureau.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  If the offered price is only good during the phone call or while being solicited, be weary of fraud.
Purses, briefcases, and backpacks
  • Do not carry what you cannot afford to lose.  
  • Do not advertise what you have in your purse or backpack.
  • Carry items close to your body.  Protect them by holding your arms across them.
  • Carry keys, wallet, or other valuables in your pockets.
  • Always keep your wallet, purse, backpack, etc. closed or zipped up.  
  • Do not leave your purse or backpack unattended.  Purses and backpacks hung on chairs or left in shopping carts are easy targets.
Walking or Shopping
  • Always be alert and know where you are.
  • Pay attention to others around you? Are you being watched, followed, or targeted?
  • Use well-lit and populated streets and sidewalks.
  • Occasionally look behind you. 
  • Do not carry large sums of money, credit cards, and extensive identification.
  • Do not resist a robber. -
  • If you feel someone is following or watching you, go into a populated location and ask for help.
Be Vigilant with Locking Up Your Property