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Crime Prevention and Safety Tips

Vehicle Theft Prevention

  • Park in well-lit areas
  • Don’t leave the area while your vehicle is running
  • Don’t leave keys in your vehicle 
  • Hide your valuables
  • Lock vehicle doors and windows every time you walk away

Motorist Safety

  • Buckle up
  • Never drive impaired
  • Always look inside your vehicle before entering
  • Drive defensively, not aggressively
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in your vehicle
  • Use a booster seat for infants and toddlers
  • Pull over if drowsy

Public Transportation Safety

  • Plan your trip ahead of time
  • Have exact change for the fare
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. STAY ALERT
  • Let a friend or family member know your route ahead of time 
  • Never display valuables or leave them unattended
  • Avoid dark and deserted areas while waiting for transportation or exiting a vehicle

Uber and Lyft Safety

  • Check your ride’s information (car make and model, driver’s name, etc) before entering
  • Have the driver confirm your name
  • Always wear your seatbelt
  • Share trip details with friends and family members
  • If you ever feel unsafe or in immediate danger, call 911 right away

Pedestrian Safety

  • Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Use sidewalks whenever possible
  • Stop, look, and listen before crossing the street
  • Cross at crosswalks
  • Children under 10 should cross streets with an adult
  • Wear bright and reflective clothing
  • avoid walking/running while impaired
  • Walk/run with a partner or with a group
  • Avoid traveling when it’s dark outside

Bicycle Safety

  • Watch for parked cars
  • Go with the flow of traffic
  • Children 10 and younger should be accompanied by an adult
  • Stay alert and observe surrounding traffic
  • Obey all traffic laws
  • Wear a bicycle helmet
  • Check your equipment before traveling
  • Use bicycle lane and/or shoulder if available

Protect Your Home

  • Make your house look occupied (Keep lights or TV on when you are away)
  • Get an alarm system
  • Lock doors and windows when leaving the home or going to bed
  • Install exterior lighting to eliminate hiding areas
  • Don’t leave/hide spare keys outside

Internet Safety

  • Beware of what you share online
  • Password protect all devices and online accounts
  • Use long and unique passwords
  • If possible, enable multi-factor authentication when logging into accounts
  • Talk to your children about cyberbullying and the importance of not sharing personal information online

Scam and Fraud Prevention

  • Be cautious of unsolicited emails, texts, and phone calls
  • Don’t believe the promises of easy money. If it sounds too good to be true, it is!
  • Check credit reports regularly
  • Protect your personal information at all times
  • Forward suspicious phishing emails to [email protected] and texts to SPAM (7726)
  • If you think a scammer has your information, like your Social Security, credit card, or bank account number, go to IdentityTheft.gov