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You can contact Crime Stoppers or Crime Prevention for a start on protecting yourself from crime.
PERSONAL SAFETY TIPS
- The old saying, safety in numbers is true. Statistics show that walking with two people reduces your chances of being a victim by 90%, one person reduces your chances by 70%.
- While walking, walk assertively, in familiar locations. Regularly change your route and walking times. Walk only in well-lit areas.
- While shopping, only take what you can afford to lose. Keep unnecessary cash, credit cards at home.
- Guard your checks as if they were cash. Your checkbook is a valuable item to a criminal. It not only contains your personal information, but also can be used to obtain cash while ruining your good name and credit.
- Don't allow your purse to hang by the strap. Wear the strap across your body or hold the purse close to your body like a football.
- Avoid giving out personal information about yourself, your money, or credit cards over the phone.
- Avoid using outside ATM's at night. If it is necessary to use an ATM at night, use an ATM located inside a busy and will-lit convenience store or supermarket.
- Be aware of your surroundings. If you are being followed, don't return home. Go to a occupied business where you can call for assistance or to a police substation.
- If you carry weapons, make sure your weapon is legal. Practice with your weapon. Know the effects and be prepared to use it. Pepper spray is the most effective and legal way to repel an attacker.
- Above all, trust your instincts about dangerous situations. If your instincts are telling you that you could be putting yourself in a vulnerable situation, you're most likely right!
If you will be away from home for a extended period of time, such as a vacation. The following tips are designed to help reduce the chances of your residence being burglarized while you are away from your home.
- Discontinue any deliveries to the home by phone or in person ahead of time. Avoid leaving notes.
- Either discontinue mail and newspaper delivery or have a neighbor or friend pick them up daily.
- Inform neighbors of your absence so they can be extra alert for suspicious persons. Leave a key with them so the house can be inspected. Tell them where you can be contacted in the event of an emergency.
- If you have a motor vehicle that is not garaged, arrange for it to be moved from time to time while you are away.
- Arrange for someone to mow your lawn, rake leaves and maintain the yard to give the home a lived in look.
- Leave your blinds, shades and curtains in a normal position. Don't close them unless it is normally what you do when you are at home.
- Have a neighbor place your garbage cans at the curb on your normal pickup day(s) and return them after the garbage pickup is made.
- Plug in timers to turn lights, radio and television on and off at appropriate times.
VEHICLE SAFETY TIPS
Tips to avoid your vehicle being burglarized.
- Never leave a vehicle unattended while it is running or with the keys in the ignition even for a few minutes.
- If you travel as part of your job, or are required to be out late at night, carry a cell phone so you can call for help.
- Do not leave valuables, such a purses, CD's, sports equipment, and brief cases, in plain view inside of your vehicle. Place those items under a seat or in the trunk, or take them inside.
- Don't leave your garage door opener in your vehicle if it is parked outside of your house at night.
- Keep your vehicle in good working order.
- If possible, keep windows up and doors locked while driving.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
The Burleson Police Department has been involved with National Night Out for many years. In 2009, Burleson was one of nine cities in the population category of 15,000-49,999 in Texas to win for its outstanding participation in the national event on October 13. In 2010, approximately 2,000 residents in four apartment/townhome complexes and in single family homes in more than 10 neighborhoods participated. National Night Out is designed to:
- Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
- Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;
- Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships;
- Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Residents are advised of crime trends or incidents through the Burleson Wise Eyes email distribution list. Residents have responded to Wise Eyes alerts and assisted in either identifying the suspect or providing more facts. The revamped program brings the subscriber in as an involved crime-fighting participant.
Have you ever seen something that seemed out of place or not quite right? Odds are if you did, you didnít report it because you didnít want to bother the police. The Burleson Police Department encourages residents to report suspicious activity through the non-emergency line at 817-426-9903. If it is an emergency, call 911. You can remain anonymous and still trust your intuition, be a good witness, and report suspicious activity. Itís as easy as recording the details, including...
- What you witnessed
- Suspect description
- Suspect vehicle description
- License plate number
- Have you seen this behavior before? When? Where?
- Take pictures, if you can without being detected, then email the information and/or pictures.