2003-04-05 / Community

Safety Tips Offered

Safety Tips Offered

The 100th precinct would like to remind you of some important safety tips to help you from becoming a victim of a crime.

Safeguarding Your Home: Now that the weather is getting warmer, many residents will be opening windows in their houses or apartments. It is important to remember to close and secure all windows when you are leaving your home. In many instances of burglaries that have occurred in this precinct, entry was gained from an open window.

Safeguarding Your Vehicle: When exiting your vehicle, please make sure to shut your ignition and take your keys with you. This is especially important when you are just stopping to grab a newspaper or a cup of coffee. Over the winter months, some of the vehicles that have been stolen in the confines of this precinct were vehicles that were left running. By doing this, the perpetrator now has the keys, not only to your vehicle, but possibly to your home and also to your address, courtesy of your registration and insurance card.

Do not leave valuables, such as cell phones and wallets in your vehicle. Take them with you.

Terrorism Awareness: It is important for the community to be the eyes and ears of the police department. If you observe activity that you believe is suspicious, do not take direct action. Do not confront the individual. Do not reveal your suspicions. Do record as many details as possible. If you are observing an individual, do record as many details as possible. If you are observing an individual, you must be accurate (height, sex, race), fast and complete. If you are observing the vehicle, the license plate is the most important detail. Call the toll free terrorism hotline at 1-888-NYC-SAFE.

Remember, the 100th precinct offers many crime prevention programs for your home and vehicles. To schedule an appointment, contact P.O. Brian McCabe, Crime Prevention Officer at (718) 318-4236.

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