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Crime Proofing

Your home:
  • Have lights in all entrances.
  • Install dead bolts on all doors and self-tapping screws in the upper track of patio doors and windows.
  • Secure all basement and ground level windows and patio doors.
  • Give your home the lived in look, with automatic timers.
  • Have mail, newspapers, etc., picking up, lawns cut or snow removed when you are away from home.
  • Trim all shrubs, trees, etc., so that doors and windows are in clear view.
  • A properly installed and maintained alarm system is a great deterrent for would be thieves.
  • Keep doors locked at all times. Even if you are at home.
Your Car:
  • Ensure that your vehicle is well maintained, mechanically fit, and road worthy.
  • Always check the interior and under the vehicle before entering, especially at night.
  • Don't leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running.
  • Park in well lit areas with pedestrian traffic.
  • Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. i.e. cell phones, wallet, parcels, etc,
  • Consider installing an anti-theft device and a locking gas cap.
  • Always lock all doors and windows for your vehicle after entering and exiting.
  • Keep garage locked with locked vehicle inside
  • Don't put your name or address on your house or vehicle keys.
  • In case of vehicle trouble, lock yourself in, turn on the 4-way flashers, display a "Call Police" sign, or if you have a cell phone, call for assistance, and wait for help.
Personal Safety:
  • Use only initials with surname on mail boxes, directories etc., if you live alone.
  • Never open your door to a stranger without proper identification.
  • Arrange a system so that someone has a key to your home and is aware of your whereabouts at all times, especially if you live alone.
  • Don't display large amounts of money in public or keep it in the home.
  • Don't leave keys hidden in obvious places.
  • Walk on well lit streets near the curb and away from alleys, particularly if you must walk alone.
  • When in public, always be aware of your surroundings. Be mindful of persons loitering or acting suspiciously.
  • If you suspect you are being followed go to the nearest well lit public place or populated are. Yell if necessary to attract attention.
  • Be very careful using outside ATMs at night or in unfamiliar surroundings.
  • Don't Hitch-Hike. Once trapped inside a vehicle, it is difficult to escape

Resources:

Crimeproofing pamphlet