October Is National Crime Prevention Month

October 7th, 2010

In honor of National Crime Prevention Month, we’re sharing a few tips to help you deter criminals. You never know where a criminal may strike, so it is essential to be ready for any situation.

Predators look for easy targets; people they can take advantage of quickly. It’s up to you to prepare yourself, your home and your family to avoid becoming their next victim.

Security In The Home
We all like to think of our homes as safe havens, but houses and apartments are common targets for criminals. The best way to prevent predators from choosing your home is to make it as secure as possible.

• Install a home security system. Even if you can’t afford one, it helps to put up signs and stickers that indicate you have an active alarm.
• Inspect your home and make sure there are no spots where a criminal can get in effortlessly. Watch for broken windows, pet doors, missing locks and other easy points of access.
• Always lock your doors and windows, even when you are home.
• Keep an exterior light on at night. Criminals love the cover of darkness, so don’t give it to them.
• Place a cell phone next to your bed in case you need to call 911 in the middle of the night.
• Lock your car doors, and don’t leave a garage door opener in a vehicle that remains outside.
• Run a Comprehensive Background Check on anyone who may spend time inside your home.
• Work with your neighbors to prevent crime. Consider starting a Neighborhood Crime Watch.

Prevent Crime In Public
One of the best crime prevention tips is to simply be alert. Pay close attention to your surroundings at all times, and be careful not to put yourself into potentially dangerous situations.

• Park your car in an area that will be well-lit at night.
• Avoid waking in dark, secluded areas, or places that offer easy hiding spots for predators.
• There is always more safety in numbers. Whenever possible, use the buddy system.
• Don’t give thieves a reason to choose you as their next victim. If you have money or valuables, keep them out of sight.
• Carry wallets in a front pocket, and hold purses close to your body. Be careful about placing purse straps around your neck. Determined criminals may be willing to pull the strap and harm you to get what they want.
• When approaching your car, have your keys in hand. Get in quickly, lock the door and drive away.
• Use your trunk; never leave valuables inside your car where they can be seen.

Help Children Fight Crime
Depending on how old your kids are, they may not understand the dangers they face. Do everything you can to teach them about personal safety.

• Your kids may need to spend time alone at home, but make sure they know it is never okay to tell anyone they are unsupervised.
• Give your kids a list of emergency numbers, including your direct line and 911, and show them how to make calls.
• Determine the best route to school, and show your kids the way.
• Make sure your kids know it is never safe to accept anything from strangers.
• Admonish your children that they must never get into any vehicle without your permission.
• Run a Sex Offender Search on your neighborhood to find out if any registered offenders live nearby.
• Tell your kids that if a stranger will not leave them alone, they should scream and run away to safety.
• Teach your children that if they are ever lost, they should look for a police officer or store clerk for help.
• Write your name and number on a piece of paper and have your children keep it with them while out in public.

Do you have any other crime prevention tips? Then leave us a comment to share your thoughts. Have a safe and happy October, and thank you for reading the PeopleFinders People Search blog.

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