What can I do to prevent crime? 

 

 

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  • Keep doors and windows locked.
  • Keep your home well lit at night, both inside and outside.
  • Keep curtains closed at night.
  • Install a peephole in your front door.
  • Do not leave notes on your door or mailbox when you are away.
  • Do not hide keys outside your home (under a doormat or under a rock, etc.). Instead, give a key to a trusted neighbor or friend.
  • Ask for proper identification before opening your door to a stranger.
  • If you return home and see signs of a break in, do not go into the house! Instead, move quietly to a safe distance and call 911.


While out in public:

  • Be extra alert in parking lots and garages.
  • Carry your purse, cell phone, and other valuables close to your body.
  • Do not carry extra credit cards or large amounts of cash.
  • Never carry your Social Security card with you.
  • Use direct deposit for checks so you do not need to carry them with you.
  • Trust your instincts! If something feels unsafe, call for help.
  • If someone tries to threaten or hurt you, make as much noise as possible by yelling for help or blowing a whistle. Call 911 as soon as you can.
    • If the person runs away, do not chase them. Call 911 right away!


In Your Car:

  • Lock your car doors and keep windows closed. This includes when you step out of your car to pump gas or when you go into a store.
  • Lock packages and other valuables in the trunk.
  • Keep your gas tank full and your engine properly maintained to avoid breakdowns.
  • If your car breaks down, pull over to the right as far as possible, switch on your hazard lights, call the police and/or a roadside assistance service, and wait inside the car for help to arrive.
  • Check the front and back seat before entering your car.


How can I avoid fraud and scams?

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  • Never let someone rush you into signing a document or sending money.
  • Never give personal information over the telephone unless you made the call to a number you know, such as the phone number listed on your bank card.
  • Click here for more information about avoiding fraud and scams. 
  • If you suspect that someone is trying to scam you, report the crime right away to your local law enforcement office.

 

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