Home Public Safety

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Be Aware and Alert of Your Neighborhood

There are many things homeowners can do to protect their property. There are locks and alarms, and ways in which to make a home appear occupied, even if it isn’t. One of the best ways to prevent burglaries is to be aware and alert.
Police Chief Flannelly suggests the following guidelines:
  • Get to know your neighbors; become a partner in watching the activities in your neighborhood
  • Be suspicious. Report unusual or suspicious behavior to the police immediately. Write down descriptions of suspicious persons and/or license plate numbers of vehicle(s) involved
  • Be aware of strangers, young or old, male or female, who ring your doorbell and ask vague or strange questions
  • Be wary of persons who seek information about you or your neighbors. Notify police of these persons, and of any unusual telephone calls
  • Inform a trusted neighbor if your home is to be unoccupied for a period of time
  • Look after your neighbors’ home when they’re away, and ask them to look after yours
  • Establish and attend meetings with your local crime prevention officer. Find out what you can do about local crime
  • Above all, be concerned! It’s the most effective way to reduce or prevent crime, and to make your neighborhood a safe one

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