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Crime Tips & Prevention

At Home

  • Be sure to lock all doors, even when you are home.
  • Make sure you have sturdy metal or solid wood doors at all entries into your home and they are all equipped with deadbolt locks.
  • Trim trees or shrubs around entryways, windows, or driveways where an intruder might hide.
  • Illuminate places such as entryways, hallways, and stairwells.
  • When going on vacation set timers on lights, so it appears that you are home and contact the post office to hold your mail.
  • If you receive monthly checks or payments, consider using the direct deposit methods at your bank.
  • Avoid confrontations with burglars.

In Your Car

  • Always lock car doors and take keys when you leave your car, even if you'll be gone "just a minute."
  • If you notice you are being followed, go to the nearest brightly lighted area and call 911.
  • Don't leave valuables in plain view in your car. •When traveling, carry only the credit cards and ATM cards you absolutely need.
  • If you see a suspicious car or see a car fleeing an accident, write down the make, model, color, and LPN.

Emergency Situations or Disasters

  • Make sure children know their last name, Mom or Dad's first and last names, address, and phone number.
  • Make sure children know to call 911 in an emergency.
  • Take a class in CPR and first aid to help with medical emergencies.
  • Have a fire escape plan.
  • Know an alternate route home.
  • Designate a meeting place in case you are unable to get home.
  • Assemble an emergency preparedness kit and include flash lights and water.
  • Keep cash on hand, ATMs do not work when power is out. 

Violent Situations

  • Understand anger is a normal feeling.
  • Violence toward others is not normal and also illegal.
  • If at all possible, remove yourself from the situation if only temporarily to let the situation defuse.
  • How you deal with a person can make the difference between managing a conflict and having the conflict turn violent.
  • Be aware of triggers that might produce an angry reaction or escalate the situation.
  • Point out that even though we see our self as out of control, we often choose to blow up or stay calm.
  • Remember no one has the right to be abusive or violent toward you