Crime Happens Because of Three Elements
- Motivation: Need for money, drug/alcohol, peer pressure, gang initiation
- Risk Assessment: Criminal looks at the risk of getting caught and getting away
- Victim: Easy target that provides the opportunity
Get Involved to Prevent Crime
As crime is clearly the problem that most profoundly impacts citizens’ lives, safety is a key concern for our community. Citizens hope to live their lives without fear, raise healthy families, and run prosperous businesses. But crime, violence, and victimization in the community can interfere with these dreams. In many cases it is the community itself whose efforts assist in making the identified places safer. Browse through the information on this website to learn more about how you can proactively prevent crime.
- Check the vehicle before entering.
- Don’t carry too many things in your arms going to and from the vehicle.
- Don’t leave any valuables inside the vehicle-including cell phone, GPS.
- Don’t linger in your car (reading, eating, napping, etc).
- Have keys, pepper spray, flash light ready when walking to destination.
- Immediately lock your car when entering and exiting.
- Keep the windows rolled up more than half way.
- Look around for suspicious persons or vehicles near your car.
- Park in a safe place, making sure there is adequate lighting and that your car is in public view.
- Consider a dog or other security devices as a deterrent.
- Do not hide keys outside the residence. Leave extra keys with trusted neighbor.
- Don’t open the door to strangers, talk through closed doors.
- Have adequate exterior and interior lighting.
- If you return home and notice signs of entry, do not go inside, call 911.
- Join a Neighborhood Crime Watch.
- Lock doors and windows at all times. Use a peephole at front door.
- Set TV, lights, radios on timers.
- At night, have a co-worker watch or walk you to your car.
- Be aware of persons loitering near the business or parking lot.
- Do not allow visitors, clients or strangers to move about un-escorted.
- If you must work late by yourself, let someone know and call them when you leave.
- Lock purse/wallet in your desk.
When on Foot
- Be aware of who and what is around you.
- Carry a dummy wallet and/or purse.
- Carry purse/bag close to your body but not around your neck.
- Do not use alleys or shortcuts or cross vacant fields.
- Limit the amount of personal valuables you carry.
- Walk confidently with your head up, looking from side to side.
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
- Whenever possible, go with a friend.
Remember – if you ‘See Something, Say Something’.
Report all suspicious activity to the Police Department non-emergency number, 510-790-6800, option 3.