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Tips to safety in the neighborhood

Reducing Risks

Paying attention to your environment and taking precautions can help to reduce the opportunity for crime to occur:

  • Keep all doors and windows locked, even if you are just going out “for a minute”
  • If a window is left open a few inches for ventilation, it should be locked to prevent someone from opening it more
  • Don’t leave keys in mailboxes or under doormats
  • Know who is at your door before opening it
  • Never let a stranger enter your home
  • Be suspicious of people loitering
  • Check photo identification for any service personnel
  • Deter others from knowing your electronic purchases by breaking the original packaging in flat cardboard – never leave the empty box curbside
  • Close curtains/blinds to shield items from view
  • Don’t discuss your finances or possessions with strangers
  • Keep property free of trash, litter, weeds, leaves, hazards and other things that indicate neglect in caring for your property
  • Make sure repairs are completed in a timely manner
  • Remove loose rocks and other objects that could be used to vandalize your property
  • Call the police at 9-1-1 if you are at home and hear or see something suspicious. Don’t take direct action yourself
  • If you return home and suspect someone has broken into your home, go to a safe location and call the police
  • Purchase renter’s insurance to safeguard your possessions
  • Make sure the house number is visible from the street so police and fire departments can see it in case of emergencies
  • If you have a vehicle, check on it regularly and do not leave any items in plain view

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