We know that three factors must be present for a crime to occur: desire, ability and opportunity.

You can have a significant impact on the last one, opportunity, and you can significantly reduce crime by taking simple crime prevention steps.

At Home
  • Mark your personal property - most burglars will not steal marked property.
  • Use a door viewer before opening your door. Always demand identification from strangers (even repair or sales persons).
  • Always lock up your home before leaving and don't hide your house keys outdoors anywhere.
  • Have keys ready and in your hand for immediate use when you return home.
  • Use interior and exterior lighting at all times.
  • Always use Safe Internet Shopping practices.
  • Shred credit card offers and bank statements before you throw them away if you do not plan on using them.
  • Hide or destroy boxes from expensive purchases.
  • Do not answer personal questions about the house such as type of alarm, daytime occupancy, etc.
  • Do not let people inside your home (to use the bathroom, phone, etc.).
  • Avoid mail theft by obtaining a locked mailbox and dropping off outgoing mail at the local post office or postal mailbox.
  • Do not give out your personal information or credit card number over the phone unless you initiated the call.
  • Check out the Home Burglary Prevention Tips.
Walking
  • Plan your route ahead of time. Never walk alone at night; walk with a friend or your dog.
  • Use well lit streets; not dark alleys or bushy areas.
  • Carry signaling devices like shriek alarms or a whistle.
  • Carry pepper spray.
  • Be alert! Look behind you occasionally.
  • Never ask for or accept a ride from a stranger.
  • Don't carry large sums of money or wear valuable jewelry.
  • Don't resist an armed robber. Hand over whatever is demanded quickly and quietly.
  • Your life and safety are worth more than any personal property.
Purse/Wallet Protection
  • If possible, don't carry a purse! Never carry anything you can't afford to lose in it.
  • Carry your purse across the front of your body, with your forearm across the front of the purse and your elbow held tightly against your side.
  • Carry your keys, wallet or other valuables in pockets in your clothes and not in your hand.
  • Carry minimum amounts of cash and credit cards. Keep a record of all of your card numbers.
  • Check out how to prevent and what to do if you are a victim of Identity Theft.
  • Be sure to also look at tips on ATM Awareness.
Driving
  • Always look inside before entering your car.
  • Lock all doors immediately after you are in the car.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • If a stranger approaches while you are in the car, keep the windows up, doors locked and engine running.
  • Honk your horn if you need to attract attention.
  • Park in well-lit areas at night.
  • Always lock your car when leaving it.
  • Consider installing an auto burglar alarm system.
  • Don't leave anything valuable in your car if at all possible.

TOLEDO POLICE DEPARTMENT - 525 N. ERIE TOLEDO, OH 43604 - EMERGENCIES DIAL 911 - NON-EMERGENCY 419-245-3340 - INFORMATION 419-245-3246  
     
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