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Tips for Preventing Crime

At work, do not leave valuables (including laptops & DVD players) unattended in lunch rooms or unlocked lockers.  If you have a desk, make sure you purse/wallet is always locked in a drawer if you do not carry it with you.

Here are some other basic reminders in making your vehicle less appealing to a thief!

  • Lock your car whenever you leave it unattended….even if you are parking on your driveway.
  • Do not store or hide extra keys in or on your vehicle.  A determined thief will find them.
  • Remove your garage door opener if you are parking in your driveway.  Thieves may steal your garage door opener to come back at a later time to burglarize your home.
  • Don’t invite a break-in by leaving valuables in sight.  Briefcases, purses, computers, gym bags, GPS’s, and change are all appealing to a thief.
  • Take valuables with you, or lock them in your trunk BEFORE you reach your destination.
  • Park in well lit, public areas.  Try to avoid secluded areas with little or no lighting.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.  If you see any suspicious activities or people, call 911 immediately!

For purchases, do not accept a credit card without a form of ID (everyone in the secure airport has an ID).

Items for sale should not be located at the entrance of the store so that a shoplifter can steal without even entering the store.

Store employees need to be attentive to shoplifters (this includes airport and airline employees)

A simple security camera system can be purchased for around $1,000 (

  • A DVR system (no changing of tapes) with a DVD recorder to offload is the best practical option (Model # SY50904H for $1,289)

The legal age to purchase alcohol is 21, the legal age to purchase tobacco is 18.  ID anyone who appears under the age of 30.

  • All $50 & $100 bills should be checked with a marker

For more information, see the National Crime Prevention Counsel website at