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Crime Prevention is Everybody’s Business

By Dwight Snyder, Police Chief

(Thursday, June 3, 2021) – June is the start of the summer season, the kids are out of school, and it’s a time for that well deserved vacation or just enjoying time at the beach. But as our summertime temperature rises, so does our crime rate, especially involving property crimes. Usually these are crimes of opportunity, which can easily be prevented by using some very basic security strategies we should all be familiar with.

Unscrupulous criminals are always searching for unsuspecting victims who make for an easy target, as they leave their valuables unsecured or forget basic home and vehicle security measures. A current crime trend we are seeing more often involves criminals who enter neighborhoods during the overnight hours and simply pull on car door handles looking for any left unlocked. Only residents who forgot to lock their vehicles become victimized. Even more disturbing, in some instances, the vehicle key fob is left inside, which gives the criminal access to steal the vehicle.

Criminals know what they are looking for and this gives them the upper hand at identifying their next victim. Just one example, in many modern vehicles, the side mirrors automatically retract when the doors are locked, but when an unoccupied vehicle’s mirrors are extended, it now becomes a target for burglary.

In closing, I want to share a few tips.

  • Always lock your home. The safety of your family depends on it.
  • Lock your vehicle and never leave the keys (fob) inside for convenience.
  • Secure personal property at all times.

Stay safe and have a great summer!