Crime Prevention Tips

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General Tips

  • Appear confident and alert in parking lots of stores. Criminals seek out preoccupied shoppers. Don't carry too many bags and other items at once. Your movements will be restricted. 
  • Keep purses in front of you and wallets in your front pockets. 
  • When using an ATM machine, watch for suspicious persons or vehicles nearby. If using the ATM at night, try to have someone with you. Upon completion of your transaction, gather your card, cash or other papers and leave the area at once. If you feel you are being followed, go directly to the nearest open business and call the police.
    When You're Away From Home 
  • Make sure your home appears lived in, and not unoccupied: stop mail service, newspaper delivery, and all other deliveries or ask a trusted friend to collect these items daily. 
  • Hide empty garbage cans. Set an automatic timer on several lights and a radio. 
  • Have a neighbor keep your property maintained; shovel snow, rake leaves, etc. 
  • Leave a key with a trusted family member, friend, or neighbor. 
  • Store valuables in a safety deposit box. 
  • Inform a neighbor you trust of your departure and return dates. Provide phone numbers where you can be reached in case of an emergency. 
  • Contact your local police department and request extra residential patrols. 
  • Double check basements, garages, doors, and windows to make sure they are secured.

Register Your Personal Items Online

Register your property with an asset online service. The Grandview Police Department partners with a company called Report It. It provides a system for maintaining secure records of property you own. You may store serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures, and scans of receipts, so that your items may be more easily identified in the event of theft or loss. This record may also come in handy when reporting any loss to your insurance provider.

And it’s easy, safe, and free to register. Visit www.reportit.leadsonline.com  and click on “create new account”. You will be prompted to provide an email address. Once you complete that step, you will get a confirmation email in your inbox, which will give you a link to activate your account. You’ll be asked to create a password and after that, you can insert your personal information and start entering your items’ category, model and serial numbers. You can even add photos of your valuable treasures and store them in your account!

It is important to note that law enforcement doesn't have access to the information, only the property owner. But once your item is stolen and you report it to Police, It'll increase your chances of getting the stolen property back.

Remember that you still need to act fast and call the Grandview Police Department as soon as you noticed the item is missing. Be prepared to give the officer as many initial details as you can: clear description of exactly what was stolen, how, when, and, if you know, who took the item.

Holiday Season Tips

•  Lock packages in your trunk and move your car far enough away to another parking spot, so that those who observed you will not know you are leaving the vehicle to continue shopping. Never leave valuables in the passenger compartment of your vehicle and this should be a rule year round.
•  Robbery is one crime that tends to occur more often during the holiday season. Shopping in groups or with a friend will go a long way to reducing your chances of being a victim.
•  Make eye contact and acknowledge a person you feel might be watching you. Your behavior will send the message that you are aware of them and your surroundings. It also demonstrates your self-confidence and sends the message that you are not an easy target.
•  Stolen property also known as larcenies increase around the holidays. Keep in mind that purses from shopping carts are a target during the holiday rush. Many thieves will break out windows and many will walk through the neighborhood trying car doors until they find a car that is unlocked.
•  Do not let your guard down just because the holiday has come and gone. When you go to put out your trash, break down the boxes so what you now have new at home is not common knowledge to all your neighbors or anyone driving down the street.
•  Motor vehicle thefts do not appear to be tied to the holidays so much but are certainly affected by the arrival of cold weather and the desire to “warm up” the car. Sounds like a good idea, but every year there are significant increases in vehicles stolen from driveways while warming up. If you want your car warm before you drive away from home, consider the person on foot out in the cold. They will find your cold car more than adequate in getting them across town as compared to a long cold walk to their destination. If you must warm up your vehicle, then lock it and use a spare key or remote to re-enter the vehicle. Keep in mind that locked doors are still not a guarantee someone won’t break the window and take it, but stolen auto reports indicate that rarely occurs. Locking your car and not leaving it unattended can go a long way to protecting one of your family’s biggest assets. Keeping your house locked is also important in reducing opportunities.
•  Scams and frauds are a year round hazard but the holidays will bring about more attempts to use the season to play on one’s sense of holiday spirit and generosity. Be on guard for such scams as coming to your door and asking to come in and use the telephone.
•  Don’t open your door to strangers. You can talk through the door and offer to make the call for them if they will give you the number and name. Any hesitation or objection by the person should put you on alert and you should call 911 to report a suspicious subject at your door. CALL- you are not bothering the police. Police Officers like to come and assist and identify people going door to door. Calling for the police improves the safety of your entire neighborhood. Those who allow strangers in their homes run the risk of many dangers.
•  Some criminals work in pairs and tend to prey on older citizens. One criminal will keep the victim busy while the other goes through the house and pilfers their belongings until they find something they want. Many wedding rings or sentimental pieces of jewelry are taken from their owners with this method.

Have Children Follow Household Routines

Another way to ward off potentially hazardous conditions due to boredom, fright, or loneliness is to establish a household routine for children in the home. Discuss daily routines with children; household chores, homework, rules about having friends visit or visiting friends when there is no adult supervision, and what to do when the doorbell rings. Be sure to also communicate with your child when you will be late.

Things Children in Your Home Should Know

  • Their name and address, including city and state. 
  • Their area code and phone number. 
  • How to make emergency, local, and long distance phone calls. 
  • How to dial the operator. 
  • How to notify a designated neighbor immediately after arriving home. 
  • Never to enter your home if a door is partially or fully open, or a window is broken. 
  • How to operate door and window locks throughout the home. 
  • Always lock doors and windows when they are home alone. 
  • How to answer the doorbell and telephone when they are home alone. 
  • Not to enter anyone else's home without your permission. 
  • Avoid walking or playing alone (especially when unsupervised). 
  • Not to talk to or get too close to anyone that you or they know well (strangers). 
  • If they feel they are being followed by someone in a car or on foot they should run to the nearest public place (i.e. store, church, school, etc.) or to a trusted neighbor's home. 
  • Tell you if anyone ask to photograph them, "keep a secret", or offer those gifts or money. 
  • To always tell you if something that happened to them while they were away from you made them feel uncomfortable in any way.

Laying the Ground Rules for Children In Your Home

Be sure to set rules and limits for children in your home. By doing so, it increases the levels of responsibility and communicates basic safety information. When children understand the reason(s) why they have to be left unsupervised along with what they may and may not do, the risk of harm and victimization is greatly reduced.

Latchkey Kids

Due to the increase of single parent homes and rising costs of child care, millions of parents throughout the United States today have no other choice than to leave their children home alone. It is estimated that as many as 12 million children between the ages of 5 and 13 are left unattended for a significant amount of time daily. More often than not, the parents of latchkey children are working parents that either cannot afford child care or have no child care available to them.