The majority of residential crimes are crimes of opportunity, wherein the victims have left their homes or vehicles unsecured. The opportunity for residential burglary must be curtailed both individually and collectively through citizens working with local law enforcement agencies.
Many people who have never been a victim are often less than diligent about securing their homes and safeguarding their property. Unfortunately, thieves seek out these vulnerable opportunities, accessing homes and garages through unlocked doors and windows with minimum effort. Reliable estimates from reports and analysis indicate that the average burglary takes just three to five minutes.
The guides below were developed to educate the public about crime prevention techniques for homes and communities. By implementing suggestions in these guides you will significantly reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim.
Apartment and Condominium Security - Many areas in an apartment or condominium complex call for residents to use caution and have a heightened awareness not always required in single family dwellings. This guide provides general apartment building safety precautions as well as safety tips for common areas like laundry rooms, pools, and parking areas.
Going Away Checklist - Use this checklist to help secure your home while traveling.
Protecting your Vehicle - Locking doors and removing valuables from inside your vehicle will go a long way towards reducing the likelihood that your vehicle becomes a target for criminals. Use the attached guide and prevention checklist for additional ways to protect your vehicle.
Residential Security Checklist - Use this as a guide as you check your home for safety measures that improve security and decrease the likelihood that your home is a target for crime.