Crime Watch 2004
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Assemblywoman Michele R. Titus

Assemblywoman Michele R. Titus

District Office: 19-31 Mott Ave., Rm 301,
Far Rockaway, NY 11691
(718) 327-1845
Albany Office: Room 834 LOB,
Albany, NY 12248
(518) 455-5668

Preventing Crime Where You Live And Work
Around The Home

  1. Use secure locks on doors and windows. Lock the door even if you leave the house for only a short time.
  2. Use a deadbolt instead of a key in your doorknob lock.
  3. Never open the door to a stranger. Always ask for a photo identification to be slid under the door.
  4. Leave extra keys with a trusted neighbor — not in the mailbox or under the doormat.
  5. Install good exterior lighting. A burglar is more likely to avoid a home or business where he can be easily observed.
  6. Keep shrubs and landscaping trimmed below window height. Don’t give a thief a hiding place.
  7. Trim back branches that can be climbed to reach upper floor windows.
  8. Secure sliding glass doors and windows with a broomstick or metal "Charley Bar."
  9. Don’t leave tools exposed in an unlocked garage. A burglar could use them to enter your home.
  10. Be sure door hinges cannot be removed from the outside.
  11. Store ladders inside.
  12. Keep valuables in a safe deposit box.
  13. Don’t give strangers information over the telephone. Report annoying calls and repeated wrong numbers to the police and phone company.
  14. Report broken streetlights.
  15. Record your credit card numbers and serial numbers of valuable documents and store them in a safe place or safe deposit box.
  16. Keep emergency telephone numbers near the phone.
  17. If you are in the backyard, upstairs or basement, be sure to lock the front door, day or night.
  18. Close and lock all garage doors.
  19. Women living alone should list only their last name and first initial on mailboxes or in the telephone directory. Never use ‘Miss’ or ‘Ms.’
  20. Call your local law enforcement agency and ask for a home security survey. This is a free service that will tell you exactly how secure your home is.
  21. Mark your property with an ‘Operation I.D.’ number. Operation I.D. is a free service provided by local law enforcement agencies through which you permanently mark or engrave all of your valuables for identification. Contact your local law enforcement authorities for more information.
  22. If you come home and find that your home has been burglarized, don’t touch anything! Go to a neighbor’s home immediately and call the police or sheriff’s department.
  23. While You’re Away From Home

  24. Notify neighbors when you’re going on vacation or if you expect to be away from home for any length of time. Ask them to watch for strangers who might be near or around your home while you’re away. Cancel newspapers and other deliveries. Accumulated newspapers tell a burglar you’re not home.
  25. Ask a neighbor to pick up your mail and packages while you’re away, or ask the Postal Service to hold them for you at the Post Office until you return.
  26. Arrange to have your lawn mowed or sidewalks shoveled while you’re away.
  27. Many police departments offer a "Dark House" service. You simply notify them of the period of time you will be away, and give them a phone number to be used in order to reach you in case of emergency. The police responsible for patrolling your section of town will make regular checks on your home in your absence.

  28. Your Car

  29. Lock your car at all times. Never leave the keys in the ignition, even if you’ll only be gone for a minute.
  30. Don’t leave packages on the seats or where they’re visible. Put valuables out of sight or lock them in the trunk.
  31. Use your Operation I.D. number for your car and its accessories as well as for valuables in your home (SEE TIP NUMBER 21).
  32. Never pick up hitchhikers.
  33. When you have your car serviced or parked by an attendant, leave only the ignition key with the car. Your house keys should be kept separate and taken with you.
  34. If you’re followed or harassed while driving, drive to a police station. If the police station is too far away, drive to a gas station, shopping center, or other well-lit area, and call the police or sheriff’s department.
  35. Teenagers

  36. Always lock your bicycle.
  37. Engrave your bicycle frame with your Operation I.D. number and record it in a safe place.
  38. Don’t hitchhike.
  39. Use a strong, secure padlock on your school locker.
  40. Drinking while driving is a crime, and it could cost you your life. Don’t accept rides from friends who have been drinking.

  41. At The Office

  42. At closing time, be sure that all desk and important file cabinets are locked.
  43. Keep a minimum amount of petty cash, including "coffee money."
  44. Get an Operation I.D. number for the office. Mark typewriters, postage machines, calculators, adding machines — anything of value that’s easily stolen.

  45. General Tips

  46. Set up a buddy system or Neighborhood Watch in your community.
  47. Avoid walking on poorly lit streets — especially if you know the area has a high crime rate or bad reputation.
  48. Have your government checks directly deposited to your bank. Direct deposit is a free service.
  49. Try not to carry a purse, but if you do, keep it close to your body with a firm grasp, not dangling by your side where it can be easily stolen.
  50. Large sums of money should be carried in a secure undergarment or money belt.
  51. Don’t flash large amounts of cash. It’s an open invitation to a thief.
  52. Report to police if you see someone trying to pry open a car window or door.
  53. Tell your children not to accept rides or candy from strangers.
For more information, call your local police or sheriff’s department.