CRIME PREVENTION TIPS FOR THE WINTER MONTHS

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Fall has arrived and with it daylight savings time has ended. Thus, darkness is falling earlier. All those activities previously done in daylight will now occur in darkness: Going to your vehicle after work, picking up your children from afterschool activities and sports.
You may already be doing holiday shopping in the evening. Even though it is only after 5 p.m., it is as dark as if it is 9 p.m. Here are a few crime prevention tips to make the transition easier

Vehicle Security
Everyday law enforcement agencies take crime reports from victims of thefts of
property from their vehicles as well as stolen vehicle reports.
Though nothing can prevent you from ever being a victim of such a crime, there are things you can do to lessen the odds of your being victimized.
Many thieves are opportunists and will look for the vehicle that is unlocked or the one that may be locked but has valuables left inside. Even if your vehicle is locked and alarmed, if there are valuables in sight (even covered up) a window may be smashed to gain entry. This all can occur in a matter of seconds.

Don’t make it easy for them:
• Never leave the keys inside the vehicle.
• Make sure that all windows are up all the way before locking your vehicle.
• Lock your vehicle even if you are only going to be away from it a short time.
• Lock your vehicle even if it is parked in your driveway, inside your garage or on the street in front of your residence.
• Make sure your vehicle alarm is activated whenever you exit/lock your vehicle.
• Do not leave valuables, (i.e. purses, wallets, cellular phones, cameras, laptop computers etc.) inside your vehicle, even if it is locked.
• Even if your vehicle is locked and alarmed, do not attempt to “hide” valuables under the seat or under an item of clothing in the vehicle.
• Please report any theft from your vehicle immediately to your local law enforcement agency. It is up to you whether or not you chose to report this to
your insurance company.
• If you observe anyone acting suspiciously in the area of your vehicle, report it immediately to law enforcement by dialing 9‐1‐1 on your cellular phone
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