Crime Prevention Tips
Joseph A. Roark
Chief of Police
Crime Prevention tips.
- Avoid driving alone or at night.
- Keep all car doors locked and
windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use
an anti-theft device.
- If you must shop at night, park in a
- Avoid parking next to vans, trucks
with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.
- Park as close as you can to your
destination and take notice of where you parked.
- Never leave your car unoccupied with
the motor running or with children inside.
- Do not leave packages or valuables
on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If
you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it
out of sight.
- Be sure to locate your keys prior to
going to your car.
- Keep a secure hold on your purse,
handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in
order to open the door.
- When approaching and leaving your
vehicle be aware of your surroundings.
- Do not approach your car alone if
there are suspicious people in the area.
- Ask mall or store security for an
escort before leaving your shopping location.
Automated Teller Machine (ATM)
- If you must use an ATM, choose one
that is located inside a police station, mall, or well-lighted
location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.
- Protect your PIN by shielding the
ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you.
- Do not throw your ATM receipt away
at the ATM location.
- Shop during daylight hours whenever
possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family
- Dress casually and comfortably.
- Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
- Do not carry a purse or wallet, if
- Even though you are rushed and
thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of
- Pay for purchases with a check or
credit card when possible.
- Keep cash in your front pocket.
- Notify the credit card issuer
immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
- Keep a record of all of your credit
card numbers in a safe place at home.
- Be extra careful if you do carry a
wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded
- Avoid overloading yourself with
packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of
motion to avoid mishaps.
- Beware of strangers approaching you
for any reason. At this time of year, "con-artists" may try various
methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money
- If possible, leave small children at
home with a trusted babysitter.
- Teach your child to go to a store
clerk and ask for help in case your child is separated from you.
- Teach children to stay close to you
at all times while shopping.
- Never allow children to make
unaccompanied trips to the restroom.
- Children should never be
allowed to go to the car alone and they should never be left alone
in the car.
- Teach children their full name,
address and telephone number to give to police officers or mall
security. Teach children to immediately inform you if a stranger is
- Be extra cautious about locking
doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
- When leaving home for an extended
time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up
your newspapers and mail.
- Indoor and outdoor lights should be
on an automatic timer.
- Leave a radio or television on so
the house looks and sounds occupied.