Burglary Prevention Tips
Burglary Prevention Tips
A Message from the Chief of Police on Crime in the City
With the beginning of summer, crime in the city has increased in the last couple of weeks. Robberies, burglaries and graffiti crimes are on the upswing. The police department has moved our plainclothes unit to address these crimes. We have increased bike patrol in residential neighborhoods. Our detectives and Crime Analyst are evaluating and following up on crimes. We have recently made several significant arrests for robbery, burglary and auto theft. We need our residents to be our eyes and ears and call in any suspicious observances. Timely calls by residents recently led to the apprehensions of auto theft and burglary suspects. Working in partnership we can have a safe summer.
Burglary Prevention Tips:
Burglary is an opportunist crime. A burglar will select his target because it offers him the best opportunity to carry out his crime undetected and with the fewest number of obstacles in his way. A home that presents itself as insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured. Please review the following in order to protect your home and your valuables:
The Takoma Park Police Department currently has a task force in place made up of a Crime Analyst, detectives and patrol officers. We are committed to reducing the amount of crime in Takoma Park.
If you are not satisfied with your contact with the Takoma Park Police Department, you are encouraged to call Chief Ricucci directly and let him know about it. His direct number is 301.891.7104. He is always happy to hear from our citizens!
Let’s make a difference together. Let’s demonstrate to the criminals that we are putting them on notice that they will be caught!
Protect Yourself While Walking Throughout the Community
Some safety tips the Takoma Park Police want citizens to know and how they can protect themselves while walking throughout the community.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Most criminals look for convenient and what they perceive as “easy” prey. There are some common sense precautions you can take to minimize the risk of being robbed.
If you leave valuables in your vehicle, will they be there when you return? If they can see it, they can steal it. So, secure it!
Theft from auto can occur at any time, from any vehicle. Often, valuables left in a car are taken during the night, but daytime thefts can occur on busy streets, with nobody reporting any suspicious behavior.
What Property Is Stolen? The following items, although not all-inclusive, should be taken into your home, or you risk them being taken by thieves: cellular phones, money, purse, wallet, briefcases, CDs, iPods, portable GPS systems, laptop computers and sports equipment. Auto parts are also taken, including a vehicle’s license plate.
How? Method of entry varies too. Unlocked cars with valuables in easy reach are as common as a window or door lock broken to gain entry.
Vehicle Theft: Many auto parts stores sell steering wheel locks which are inexpensive; these are a major deterrent to vehicle theft.
For License Plate Theft: a unique screw, which requires a special tool to release the license plate, is available from auto parts stores. The cost can be as low as $4.
What you can do
Some valuables can't be taken out of the vehicle, such as a stereo or speakers. When installing custom sound equipment, record the serial numbers and/or engrave your driver's license on the items before installation. If stolen, those numbers could make a difference in locating and recovering the property, and prosecuting the thieves.
If you see suspicious activity, on the street or in a parking lot, call Takoma Park Police at 301-270-1100.
Last edited by Howard Hartman; 06-26-2010 at 09:49 PM.
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