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Chief’s Message - June 17, 2019

As we welcome the summer months, I encourage you to be more alert, especially when driving around your neighborhood. Make time this summer to get to know your neighbors. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to know who lives next door or down the street.  Know if your neighbor works during the day or at night, are there elderly neighbors who may need a little extra help around their home, and of course are there small children in the area that you need to be on the lookout for. 

Knowing these things helps you be more aware of your neighborhood and when something seems out of place or suspicious. Summertime is fun, but also a time when property crime reaches its peak.  I want to provide the following safety tips to ensure that your summer is a safe and enjoyable time for you and your loved ones:

Home Safety Tips:

  • Be aware of what is going on around your neighborhood.Go out and greet your neighbors and share information about suspicious activities that you have noticed.
  • You may be busy with yard work, small projects, or barbequing just remember to keep your doors, including your garage doors locked.
  • If you plan on traveling, make sure to ask the post office to hold your mail and ask a neighbor or friend to keep an eye on your home.
  • DO NOT post your vacation plans on social media.You can always post vacation photos when you return.

Vacation Tips:

  • Do not invite persons you meet while on vacation to your hotel room or vacation rental property.
  • DO NOT yell out your room number to hotel staff or other friends when surrounded by strangers.
  • There is Safety in Numbers.Plan out your travel and try to remain on well-traveled roads or walk in groups.
  • You do not need to travel with all your expensive jewelry, but if you must, try not to call too much attention to yourself or flash those costly items.
  • Keep your belongings secured in the hotel safe.
  • Keep your backpack or purse zipped, closed, and secured.
  • Make sure your wallet/money is in your front pocket.
  • Only carry a small amount of cash for taxis and tips. Use your debit/credit card or cashier's checks as much as possible.
  • When sitting in a public place, like a restaurant, DO NOT hang your purse or backpack on the back of your chair.

Tips for Parents

  • Be proactive – identify a meeting place in case your child is separated from you.
  • If your teenager is staying home alone for a significant amount of time, have them check in with you if they plan to leave the house and check back in when they return home.
  • Monitor your child's internet and social media activity to make sure that they are visiting appropriate sites and following your guidelines.

Car Safety Tips

  • Make sure to keep your car doors locked and your windows rolled up.Many popular vacation spots struggle with crimes committed to motorists by persons on foot, bikes, or from motor scooters/cycles.It is easy for criminals to reach inside a car, take your purse or cell phone and disappear into the crowd.
  • Never leave valuables inside a car or in plain sight. Carry your souvenirs or secure them in the trunk of your car.
  • When walking back to your car, especially if parked in a parking garage, look around the car to make sure there are no suspicious persons near your vehicle.
  • Before you get into your car check the backseat.
  • Don't forget to lock those doors once inside the car.

I wish you all a very happy and safe time during the summer. Children will be out and about on their bikes, roller skates or playing in the streets. Please remember to always practice safety first and keep an eye out for children.

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