The holidays are a festive time for people to spend with family and friends. As we watch over and protect your neighborhoods, we’d like to offer up a few friendly reminders that this is also a time when criminals look for opportunities to victimize others due to purchases and parcels left in unsecured vehicles, homes, or on doorsteps and mailboxes.
We want you to have a wonderful holiday season so we thought we’d leave you with a few general crime prevention tips to remember:
- Always lock your car doors and keep the windows rolled ALL the way up after you have parked.
- Never leave valuables visible in your vehicle; this includes packages (especially those already gift wrapped).
- Do not carry large amounts of cash when you go out shopping, etc. Accessing your wallet with large amounts of cash visible allows for a would be thief to see the money.
- Watch your step, not your smartphone. Being aware of your surroundings as you move through parking lots or walk across streets goes a long way towards your personal safety.
- Always lock your windows and doors when you leave the house.
- Use a light sensor to keep front light on at night every night.
- Use your peep hole or a window next to your door to see who is there. If you are not expecting anyone, you do not have to answer the door!
- Don’t feel obligated to answer and open the door if someone knocks or rings the doorbell. If you are not expecting anyone, tell the person to ‘go away, I’m not interested.’ You don’t have to open the door, speak through the door but DO NOT pretend you are not home.
- Don’t leave valuable items in plain sight in front of windows and doors. The Christmas tree and lights are wonderful to see in the big window, but it also advertises to the criminals what you have inside the house.
- If you will be away for any length of time, have a neighbor watch over your house.
- Don’t let mail and flyers accumulate at your door when you are out of town.
- Know your neighbors and communicate with them.
- Call 9-1-1 if you see any suspicious people or vehicles or activity.
- When all else fails, call MVPD and we can determine if an officer needs to respond.