Theft Prevention and Safety Tips
Theft Prevention and Safety Tips
- Never leave personal belongings unattended: unguarded articles invite the thief. This includes articles left in automobiles, whether the car is locked or not. Always remove articles from view- the trunk is the best place to leave them if they must stay in the car.
- Wallets, pocketbooks, etc., are prime targets for the “hit and run” thief; they should stay with you all the time. Often people leave such items unguarded while leaving their offices for a moment or two (to visit a friend, go to a washroom, answer a phone, etc.), and upon their return find their valuables missing.
- Lock your doors when you are leaving your office. Most of the thefts from such areas occur when the areas are unlocked. Doors and windows have locks, use them. If they are not in proper working order, report it without delay.
- Bicycle theft has become a booming business for thieves, especially since the advent of the 10-speed models. Bicycles can be easily marked with Operation Identification engraving tools. After you’ve engraved your bike, make a record of the design or number you used, and keep this record, bill of sale, and a complete written description of the bike (including the manufacturer’s serial number) in a safe place. Beyond this, we urge you to safeguard your bicycle by using one of several heavy duty locking mechanisms that are currently on the market.
- At times people return to their offices, and find some stranger inside. The stranger usually has a “cover” story, such as: looking for employment, or trying to find some person. Regardless of the story provided, take close notice of the intruder’s appearance, age, height, weight, and clothing, and notify the police as soon as safety allows. Do not forcefully confront intruders or pursue them when they flee. Such action involves a high degree of risk, and has in the past resulted in assaults upon members of the community. It is far more advisable to be able to provide a good description of an intruder and the direction of flight- then notify the police who will respond immediately.
One method that has proven quite successful in the past is to simply say to a person whom you suspect as being an intruder, “May I help you?” If the person is an intruder, the chances are quite high that a “cover” story will be told, after which the person will leave the area.
While you’re listening to the story, you can get a good look at the person and be able to provide an accurate description for the police. Help protect yourself and report all suspicious activity to the police.
- Along the same lines, whenever you notice juveniles or other strangers wandering about, or entering residence, notify the police immediately. Officers will quickly respond.
- In order to reduce the risk of victimization, follow these simple rules:
- Know where you are going; people wandering about often stand out.
- Try to get a friend to walk with you, especially at night; there really is safety in numbers. Take advantage of the Community Service Patrol Escort Service.
- Be aware while you walk, so you can detect potential danger before it might strike.
- Never display money openly. The quickest way to lose your funds is to flash a bulging wallet or wad of bills.