|Make your home and you safe!
It's a fact that almost all types of personal and household
crime happen when people spend time away from home, on vacations, or are
involved in outdoor activities. Avoid becoming part of this statistic by
following these suggestions to protect your home, property, and family while
you're out traveling or having fun.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE use this checklist to secure your home.
Make sure your home looks lived in, not empty: stop mail and
cancel all deliveries or ask a friend to make daily collections. Hide empty
garbage cans. Leave shades and blinds in normal positions. Put an automatic
timer on several lights and the radio. Have a neighbor keep your property
Leave a key with a trusted neighbor.
Store valuables in a safe deposit box.
Tell a neighbor you trust your departure and return dates.
Supply an itinerary with phone numbers where you can be reached in an
Lock all windows and doors. Double check the basement and
garage doors before you leave.
Carry a minimum amount of cash. Use traveler's checks and
credit cards, but keep a record of their numbers in a separate and safe
Don't advertise your plans to strangers.
Always lock your car when it's parked, even if the stop is
brief. Keep valuables out of sight, preferably locked in the trunk. Don't
leave wallets, checkbooks, or purses in the car.
Never pick up hitchhikers.
If you stop overnight, remove bags and other valuables from
the car and take them inside.
If your car breaks down, turn on your flashers and raise the
hood and tie a white cloth to the antenna. If you must abandon your car,
keep all passengers together.
Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries, flares, a fire
extinguisher, and first aid kit.
Avoid traveling during the night hours if you can.
If you are in a foreign country, learn the words for police
officer and doctor. Know location of the nearest U.S. consulate.
MOTELS AND HOTELS
Use all auxiliary locking devices when occupying or leaving
Know who's knocking before you open the door.
Keep extra cash and valuables locked in the hotel safe
deposit box, not in the room. Always take cash, credit cards, and keys with
Locate fire exits, elevators, and the nearest phone. Plan
the best way to get out of the building in an emergency.
Inventory your belongings daily.
Be observant. Report any suspicious movements in the
corridors or rooms to the management.
Learn about your surroundings. Ask local residents about
problem areas and avoid them.
Select sightseeing companies and guides carefully
Make sure your children know the name, address, and
telephone number of your hotel or motel.
If older children go off separately, be sure they have
watches and check in with you at prearranged times.
Call your police department to arrange for a home security
survey. Correct any problems before you go away.
List all credit card numbers, their expiration dates, and
numbers to call if lost.
Offer your help to neighbors when they go away!
Get involved with "Neighborhood Watch". "Neighborhood Watch"
means knowing your neighbors and caring for their safety and security while
they care about yours. Being a "nosy" neighbor is OK! While walking your
dog, or just out walking or jogging for exercise, look around. Anything look
suspicious? What's suspicious? Vehicles, people, activity of people, noises.
If you're not sure... call a neighbor or call the police!
If you would like more information about "Neighborhood Watch"
please call our Police Department at 715-723-4424.