NEWS RELEASE DETAILS
DATE/TIME: Friday, December 15th, 2006 / 03:45 PM
SUBJECT:HOLIDAY SEASON CRIME PREVENTION TIPS
With the holiday shopping and travel season underway, the Schenectady Police Department has some crime prevention tips for the public that, if implemented, will hopefully reduce the number of burglaries and car larcenies that are committed at this time of the year.
* Burglary Prevention
Security measures should be taken to make homes unwelcoming to burglars. These include:
Locking doors and windows (40% of burglarized homes are unlocked)
- Studies indicate that most burglars will avoid homes with alarms. Even if a burglar circumvents an alarm, its presence may cause them to be hasty; burglars steal less property from house with alarms.
- Even inexpensive, portable alarms can be effectively used for crime prevention.
Sturdy doors with dead bolt locks
Window locks in addition to latches
Sliding glass door channel locks
Increasing visibility of the house by trimming bushes
Lighting the exterior of the house well / motion-sensing lighting
Keeping curtains and shades closed
Leaving interior lights, a T.V. and/or a radio and using timers
Parking vehicles in the driveway
Having a neighbor pick-up mail/newspapers when away
Being observant of activity in your neighborhood and watching other houses is very important in preventing and fighting crime. Suspicious activity should be immediately reported to the police.
* Car Larceny Prevention
Common sense measures include:
Locking car doors
Not leaving valuables in view (gifts, purses, cell phones, etc.). They should be kept out of sight and stored in the trunk, under seats or in other storage areas
More crime prevention information can be found at www.SchenectadyPD.com.
Citizens are encouraged to join Neighborhood Watch. There are several new groups forming in Schenectady and information can be obtained by calling 377-4137.