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Crime Prevention Basics
Why Crime Happens
Crime happens because of three elements:
  • Motivation: Need for money, drug/alcohol, peer pressure, gang initiation
  • Risk Assessment: Criminal looks at the risk of getting caught and getting away
  • Victim: Easy target that provides the opportunity

  • Check the vehicle before entering.
  • Don’t carry too many things in your arms going to and from the vehicle.
  • Don’t leave any valuables inside the vehicle--including cell phone, GPS.
  • Don’t linger in your car (reading, eating, napping, etc).
  • Have keys, pepper spray, flash light ready when walking to destination.
  • Immediately lock your car when entering and exiting.
  • Keep the windows rolled up more than half way.
  • Look around for suspicious persons or vehicles near your car.
  • Park in a safe place, making sure there is adequate lighting and that your car is in public view.

  • Consider a dog or other security devices as a deterrent.
  • Do not hide keys outside the residence. Leave extra keys with trusted neighbor.
  • Don’t open the door to strangers, talk through closed doors.
  • Have adequate exterior and interior lighting.
  • If you return home and notice signs of entry, do not go inside, call 911.
  • Join a Neighborhood Crime Watch.
  • Lock doors and windows at all times. Use a peephole at front door. 
  • Set TV, lights, radios on timers. 

  • At night, have a co-worker watch or walk you to your car.
  • Be aware of persons loitering near the business or parking lot.
  • Do not allow visitors, clients or strangers to move about unescorted.
  • If you must work late by yourself, let someone know and call them when you leave.
  • Lock purse/wallet in your desk.

When on foot 
  • Be aware of who and what is around you.
  • Carry a dummy wallet and/or purse.
  • Carry purse/bag close to your body but not around your neck.
  • Do not use alleys or shortcuts or cross vacant fields.
  • Limit the amount of personal valuables you carry.
  • Walk confidently with your head up, looking from side to side.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
  • Whenever possible, go with a friend.

Remember – if you ‘See Something, Say Something’.
Contact Us
Report all suspicious activity to the Police Department non-emergency number, (510) 790-6800, option 3.