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Crime Prevention

Protect Yourself

  • Stay alert; be aware of your surroundings.
  • Show you are calm, confident and know where you are going.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable, leave.
  • \Carry your purse firmly and close to your body.
  • Keep your wallet in an inside coat or side trouser pocket.
  • Have your car or house key in your hand as you approach the door.
  • Park in well-lighted areas that will be well-lighted when you return. Be sure to lock your car doors.
  • If you jog, do not jog alone in isolated areas.
  • Do not hitchhike. Do not pick up hitchhikers.
  • Do not accept rides from strangers.
  • Women living alone should list only their last name and first initial in the phone book and on mail boxes. Ask the phone company to not list your address in the book.
  • If you are concerned about crime and must go out, find a friend to walk, jog or shop with.
Protect Your Home and Neighborhood
  • Install good deadbolt locks and use them.
  • Use timers to turn lights on and off in a normal schedule when away from home
  • Adequately secure all windows with secondary locking devices.
  • Lock garage doors and windows.
  • Leave exterior lights on all night.
  • Do not advertise that you are away from home.
  • Be neighborly, but be suspicious of strangers in the area.
  • Record serial numbers and maintain a record of your property in a safe place, other than your home.
  • Mark your property with your California Driver License.
  • Organize into a Neighborhood Watch Program. Call 805.781.7317 for information.
  • Call the police to report all crimes and suspicious activity.
If you are attacked or robbed:
  • Remain calm.
  • Try not to panic or show any signs of anger or confusion.
  • If the attacker is after your property, don't resist.
  • Don't escalate this crime into a violent encounter.
  • Make a conscious effort to get an accurate description of your
  • attacker: age, race, complexion, body build, height, weight, type and color of clothing.
  • Call the police immediately, identifying yourself and giving your location.
If your home is broken into:
  • If a door or window has been forced or broken while you are absent.
  • Do not enter or call out! Someone may still be inside.
  • Use a cellular phone or a neighbor's phone immediately to call the police, and wait there until they arrive.

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