--Make sure you have sturdy, metal or solid wood doors at all entries into your home, and that sliding glass and similar doors are properly secured.
--Install and use well-made deadbolt locks (1 1/2 inch throw or greater) on all exterior doors.
--Make sure all exterior doors have wide-angle viewers that can be used by everyone in the house. Install two viewers at different heights if necessary.
--Light up entry doors so that you can tell who’s there. Motion detector lights, flood lights, or similar lighting can help brighten up the property.
--Trim the shrubbery around your doors and windows so crooks don’t have a place to hide.
--Instead of hiding keys around the exterior of your house, give a key to a neighbor you trust.
--Consider an alarm. They can be a good investment, especially if you have valuables in your home.
--Always lock the doors and take the keys when you leave the car, even if you’ll be gone for “Just a Minute.” As many as one in five stolen cars have the keys in its ignition.
--Make sure someone knows where you’re going and when you plan to be back.
--Approach your car with your door key already in hand. If anyone nearby makes you nervous, leave and get help.
--Lock up the doors as you buckle up your safety belt. Keep windows rolled up.
--Is someone following you? If you think so, head for the nearest busy brightly lighted area. Write down the license number, make and model of the car. Call 911 on your cell if you have one, or get to a convenience store or gas station personnel to help you.
--Car Disabled? Pull over to the side of the road, put on your flashers, and put out flares or reflective markers if you have them. Tie a light-colored cloth to your antenna or door handle. Stay with your car. Use a cell phone to call for help. If a stranger offers to help, ask him or her to call police to assist you.
After having attended their neighborhood watch meetings, this neighborhood has really put this car burglar to work!
The Crime Prevention Division was established by Chief McConnell in
2011 to meet the demand for such a program by our growing city.
Crime Prevention is a Community Commitment
Neighborhood Watch works because it reduces the opportunities for crimes to occur.
Officer Marie Casillas makes regular appearances at schools and community events to educate our children and the public on the importance of school safety, bully prevention, as well as gun safety.