GREENCASTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAFETY TIPS FOR HOME/ PERSON/ & AUTOMOTIVE

  1. Educate the Community in Safety
  1. Get Involved in your Community
    1. Report any suspicious activity or crime to your local Police Department.
    2. Get involved in a Neighborhood Crime Watch Program
  1. Home Safety
    1. Install quality locks on doors and windows.  Don’t hide keys in mailboxes, planters, or under doormats.  Leave an extra key with a neighbor, family member or friend.
    2. Ask proper ID from any delivery or service person.  Call the company to verify employment.
    3. Make sure your address in clearly visible for local emergency services.
    4. Install an alarm system for burglary, fire, or medical emergency.
  1. Around Town Safety
    1. Don’t go out alone
  2. Family or friends
    1. Keep purse and bags close to your body.  Carry wallet in an inside pocket or front pant pocket.
    2. Don’t carry large amounts of cash or credit cards
    3. Have monthly checks direct deposited
    4. Keep car doors locked while driving.  Park in well lit areas and near entrances if possible in parking lots and garages.
    5. Sit near the driver or exit while riding the bus, subway, or train.
  1. Home Education on Security and Safety
  1. Inside the Home Safety Measures
    1. Locks:
  2. Half of all burglaries occur because of thieves entering unlocked door or windows
  3. Dead bolt locks on all external doors
  4. Sliding glass doors can be better secured by putting a broom stick or dowel rod inside the track to jam the door.
  5. Never hide keys outside the residence.  Give extra key to a trusted neighbor or family member.
  6. Always rekey the locks when you move into a new home or apartment.
    1. Doors:
  7. Use metal or solid wood doors for exterior doors.
  8. A peephole or wide-angle viewer is a must for all doors.  Door chains are easily broken and won’t keep out intruders.
    1. Garages:
  9. Keep doors closed and locked
  10. Use mirrored film on windows to prevent from other looking in.
  11. Replace old doors with metal doors with no windows.
  12. Use dead bolt locks on all exterior doors.
    1. Windows:
  13. Install supplementary locks to prevent windows from being pried up or open.
  14. Use dowel rods in the window track or thumbscrew locks.
  15. Remember to use easy removal locks for safety (i.e.: fire).
    1. Alarms:
  16. Shop around and see what is offered along with determining what you need.
  17. Learn to operate your alarm system correctly.  Could be fined for repeated false alarms.
  18. Other alternatives include: sound-detecting socket which plugs into a light fixture and flashes when it detects certain noise, a motion sensing outdoor light that turns on when someone approaches.  There are also lights with photo cells that light up when it’s dark and go off when it gets light out.
  1. Outside the Home Safety Measures
    1. Install bright motion sensing lights outside.
    2. Prune all shrubbery and trees from windows and doors.  Don’t make it easy for a thief to hide or get to an upper window.
    3. Make sure your address is clearly displayed making it easy for emergency services to find your home.
    4. Install light timers when gone on vacation or away from your home for an extended period of time.
    5. Leave window coverings in normal positions and don’t let your mail pile up.  Contact your post office and have your mail stopped.
    6. Keep a list of all your valuables such as TV’s, jewelry, firearms, computers, and etc.  List their serial numbers and write a description for each item along with taking a photo.
  1. Safe Walking Tips
    1. Avoid walking alone.
    2. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace.
    3.  Avoid walking at night if possible; stay in well lit areas.
    4. Have some type of personal safety protection.
    5. Stick to well traveled streets.
    6. Don’t wear shoes/clothing that restricts movement.
    7. Carry purse close to body; keep wallet in coat pocket or front pants pocket.
    8. Don’t flash money or expensive jewelry.
    9. If being followed switch directions or cross the street.
    10. Never accept rides from strangers.
    11. Be careful when giving directions to pedestrians or motorists; stay a safe distance away preventing from being grabbed or dragged into a vehicle.
  1. Vehicle Protection
  1. Protecting your Vehicle
    1. Never leave an unattended vehicle running.
    2.  Roll up all windows completely.
    3. Leave the title and other important papers out of your vehicle.
    4. Park in well-lighted areas in parking garages or on the busiest part of the street.
    5. Don’t leave valuables laying out in the open
  2. Remove or secure in the trunk or glove compartment.
    1. Always park with wheels turned toward the curb.
    2. Always remove keys from the ignition.  Lock your vehicle.  Never hide a spare key on the vehicle.
    3. Park in your garage; close and lock garage doors.
    4. When buying a vehicle ask about anti-theft devices such as alarms, smart keys, kill switches and locks for stereos, batteries, and gas tanks.
  1. Driving Safety Tips
    1. Keep your vehicle in good running condition.
    2. Roll up windows and lock doors.
    3. Have your keys in hands when approaching your vehicle.
    4. Look around your vehicle and under it as you approach it.
    5. Look into your back seat when entering your vehicle.
    6. Know your route of travel ahead of time.
    7. Avoid high crime areas.
    8. Park in well-lighted areas.
    9. When valet parking leave only the ignition key.
    10. Never pick up hitchhikers.
    11. Be aware of “The Bump and Rob”
    12. If you spot a stranded motorist “don’t stop” call the local police department and report it.
    13. If you have car trouble raise the hood, turn on the emergency flashers, keep doors locked and stay inside until help arrives.
    14. When leaving home leave a note with someone regarding your designation, route and expected arrival time.
    15. If you’re being car-jacked scream and blow your horn; if you’re being threatened with a weapon give up the vehicle.
    16. If being followed drive to the nearest police station do not go home.
    17. When coming to a stop leave enough room to get out.

Note:

Did you know that if it takes a thief longer than 60 seconds to break into a home; they will leave.  It pays to have good quality locks and good neighbors.

When taking your vehicle in for repairs never leave you house key on the ring.  They have your home address, phone number and access to your home.