Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Police Advisory

During the holiday season, police are advising residents to take precautionary measures to protect their homes and vehicles. The busy holiday season and early nightfall are some factors which elevate the number of property crimes. Dark homes and overgrown shrubbery are an invitation to a potential thief.

People can minimize potential criminal activity (burglaries and larcenies from vehicles) by recognizing suspicious activity in their community and reporting such behavior to the police by dialing 911.

Consider the following activities as suspicious:
· A person or vehicle that stays in the same place for an unusual length of time
· A parked car with the engine running
· A person looking into cars or houses
· A person carrying unusual objects during the day or night
· Vehicles that drive around your block frequently slowing down or speeding up
· A vehicle without lights on when arriving or leaving at night
· Unfamiliar vehicles such as those with out of state plates or tinted windows
· Persons going door to door. If they knock for a prolonged time or go to the rear or side door
· Persons walking through your backyard

· Even if you park in your driveway or in front of your own home, lock your vehicle. Put all packages in the trunk out of view. Do not leave the GPS, I-pods, cell phone, cd case, wallet, pocketbook or cash/change in clear view.
· Make certain that your home is locked and secured. Make sure your security system is activated. Consider using light timers. Alert neighbors if you plan on going away for an extended period to remove mail or newspapers/flyers. Have someone park in your driveway to make it look someone is at home.

Above all people should rely on their intuition when they suspect unusual behavior or activity. Call 911 whenever you observe suspicious activity and provide as much information as possible.

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