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Prevent Package Theft
By taking a few simple steps, you can prevent porch pirates from stealing your packages.
Theft from Vehicles
The best and only way to prevent thefts from motor vehicles is never to leave valuables in your car unattended - particularly electronic goods such as cellular phones and laptop computers. Check out our Theft from Vehicles document for more information.
Door locks and ignition keys are called "first layer" anti-theft devices. Of course, every vehicle has them, but they sometimes offer no deterrent to a determined thief. Read our document for more information.
Scammers never stop trying to rip people off. They're constantly coming up with new tactics to trick people out of thousands of dollars,
Light all entrances, including alleys, with vandal-proof fixtures. Leave lights on inside the establishment overnight and on weekends. Read additional information.
Report assault when it happens, even if you do not believe it to be "serious." Access more information.
Keep cash to a minimum with frequent, irregular deposits or a "drop safe." Use visible stickers or signs to advertise the cash control policy. Find more tips.
In almost half of all residential burglaries, thieves simply breeze in through unlocked doors or unlocked windows. When you arrive home, if something looks questionable, like a slit screen, a broken window, or an open door - do not go in. Call the police from a cell phone or a neighbor's house.
- Be aware of the surroundings when walking down the street. Walk briskly and confidently.
- At night, try to avoid walking alone, particularly after 9:00 p.m. Stick to main streets with as much car and foot traffic as possible.
- Avoid areas with excessive trees and bushes, dark streets, alleys, and other "shortcuts."
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- When walking to your car at night, have your keys in your hand and be ready to open the door.
- Try to avoid walking alone on the street after 9:00 p.m. If you must walk alone at night, use well-lit roads with as much car traffic as possible, and walk near the curb.
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