Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Crime Prevention Tip of the Week

If you will be traveling during the week of Spring Break, take a few safety precautions:

Before You Leave:
  • Let a trusted neighbor know your itinerary and leave them a phone number to contact you if something happens. Ask them, or a family member, to pick up your mail and newspapers while you are gone.
  • Make sure the doors and windows to your home are closed and locked. 
  • Remove all exterior "hidden" house keys. Burglars know all the hiding places.
  • Make a record of your credit/debit card numbers and keep it in a safe place.
  • Use timers for lights and radios inside your home to make your home appear occupied.
  • If traveling by vehicle, have it serviced by a reputable mechanic.
While You Are Gone:
  •  Never carry large amounts of cash. If you carry cash, separate it and carry it in several pockets.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Always check the interior of your vehicle before entering.
  • Never let your gas tank get below one-fourth full.
  • Use well-traveled roads; avoid shortcuts.
  • Keep your doors locked and windows up at all times.
  • Do not pick up hitchhikers.
  • Don't advertise your travel plans to strangers, even to make light conversation.
  • Always park in well-lighted areas.
  • Keep your valuables out of sight, preferably locked in the trunk.
More crime prevention information can be found here.