Facts About Auto Theft and
Fact: Nearly 1 in 5 stolen vehicles are left unlocked with the keys in
Fact: Over half of all vehicle thefts occur in residential areas.
Fact: More than two thirds of auto thefts happen at night.
Fact: A car is five times more likely to be stolen from an unattended
lot than from the street or an attended lot.
Fact: Good anti-theft devices slow down thieves and increase their
risk of discovery.
Auto Theft Precautions
Securing Your Vehicle:
Always remove the keys from your car, lock all doors and shut windows
tightly every time you leave your car.
Park in well lighted and high visible areas.
Never hide a spare key to your vehicle on or inside the vehicle.
Do not leave valuables in plain view.
Install a flashing
Do not leave titles or bills of sale in your vehicle; the title can be
altered easily and/or your signature can be forged.
Drop a business card into the door frame.
Have the vehicle identification number etched on window glass trim as
well as other parts of the car; T-tops, radios, etc.
Back your car into the driveway. If you drive forward into the
driveway, a perpetrator could raise the hood to hot wire the car and it
would appear to the neighbors that you were just working on the car.
When parking in attended lots or parking garages, leave only the
ignition key with the attendant.
Lock your registration and insurance documents in the trunk.
Always lock your garage door.
Turn off your garage door opener when you go on vacation.
Vehicle Security Devices
When purchasing a vehicle, check the manufacturer's list on anti-theft
options, such as interior hood and trunk releases, locking steering
columns, locking gas caps, and alarm systems.
You may want to consider installing a disabler switch or "kill switch"
which will prevent a thief from starting the car or a fuel switch which
stops the fuel supply.
Anti-Theft Bars or Steering Wheel Locking Devices prevent the steering
wheel from being turned. They are highly visible and may act as a
deterrent from theft.
Armored Collar is a metal shield that locks around the steering column
and covers the ignition, the starter rod, and the steering wheel interlock
Crook Lock is a long metal bar that has a hook on each end to lock the
steering wheel to the brake pedal.
Tire Locks make the car nearly impossible to move.
Any device can be defeated by a determined thief if he/she
is given enough time to operate undetected. Your first consideration should
be to follow the advice about locking and parking your vehicle.
The typical car alarm is equipped with motion sensors,
impact sensors and a loud siren or series of tones. A current listing of
alarms includes the Audible Alarm, Motion Detector, Current Sensor,
Computerized Ignition Immobilizer, Sight and Sound Computerized Alarm and
Silent Paging System. The best alarms activate themselves automatically when
you leave the vehicle and include an automatic kill switch. The best models
also flash the headlights and honk the horn in addition to sounding a siren.
Ravelco System is an electronic plug. When it is removed it
is impossible to start the vehicle.
Alarm systems are available at automotive part dealers,
major department stores, car dealers, or through mail order catalogs.
Electronic Tracking Devices
An electronic transmitter hidden in the vehicle emits a
signal that is picked up by the police or a monitoring system. Tracking
devices are effective in helping authorities recover vehicles before they
can be stripped.
Protect Yourself When Buying and Selling a Car
Beware of fast pressure sells.
Be cautious of the low priced bargain car.
Check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see if it has been
Be suspicious of fresh paint on the car.
Verify that the inspection sticker and the license tag are current and
from the same state.
Do not accept duplicate car keys.
Complete all paper work at the time of sale.
If you are selling a car, never allow a person to test drive the
Ask to see an interested buyer's driver's license, and write down the
name, address, driver's license number, etc.
Make certain the driver's door contains a federal motor vehicle safety
standard label. This label is often called a mylar sticker and it contains
the vehicle identification number. Presence of the label is required by
If Your Car is Stolen...
Call the police. Vehicle theft should be reported as soon as
possible. However before the vehicle can be listed as stolen, you must have
your vehicle's license number and/or the vehicle identification number (VIN). An officer will take the report over the telephone. By making a report over
the phone, the needed information about your vehicle can be directly entered
into the Police Department's computer system. This enables officers to
immediately identify your vehicle as being stolen. Stolen vehicles are
sometimes used in the commission of other crimes. Quick action often results
in recovery of your vehicle as well as prevention of another crime. If the
criminal is apprehended, be willing to file charges. Testify in court.
If you recover your own vehicle, you must not touch or move your vehicle
in order to preserve any possible evidence. Please call the
non-emergency police number in your area to report the recovery. If you don't your car will continue to be listed as stolen.
Daily precautions are an important first step in reducing
your chances of becoming a victim of auto theft.
Burglar Alarm Systems
There are a number of systems available. But you should know
that there is no such thing as a burglar alarm system that will make your
house burglar proof 100% of the time. However, a good alarm system can deter
or detect most intruders and will afford an added measure of security when
you are away from your house.
alarm systems are
strictly perimeter protection and others use strictly interior protection.
The best system is usually one that protects the perimeter of your home
combined with some interior protection. The interior traps detect an
intruder after he has entered the home or bypassed the perimeter system.
Preference for the desired level of security and type of
system used depends entirely upon your budget and the design of your home.
The cost of an alarm system varies greatly, not only because of the
equipment, but also due to other considerations such as the distance to the
alarm company, local telephone rates, the amount of wiring required, the
construction materials of your home, etc. If it is connected to a monitoring
service such as an alarm company central station, answering service, or
other (telephone) facility, there is a monthly service charge plus telephone
line and mileage rates.
NOTE: Many alarm companies offer services for a variety of
emergencies such as burglar, fire, hold-up, medical, etc. However, some
alarm companies do not have the capability to distinguish the exact nature
of the problem when they receive a signal into their central station.
Following are some of the alarm components the company will
probably discuss with you:
Perimeter Alarms The basic home system is a simple closed
circuit loop system consisting of contacts or screens on doors and windows.
Most are designed to ring a bell or activate a siren, and/or illuminate the
area to scare off an intruder. This will usually scare away most residential
burglars. There are several types of sensors used on perimeter alarm systems
Magnetic Contacts One of the most widely used residential
devices is an electro-mechanical contact consisting of a magnet in one
sealed enclosure and a switch in another sealed enclosure. They are attached
to doors, windows, transoms and other openings and wired to a central
Screens These special screens have an unobtrusive, built-in
alarm wire. They are usually custom made to fit the particular window to be
Pressure Mats Basically, this is a flat switch operated by
pressure from a foot step. They're usually installed under carpeting next to
entrances, windows and stairways, and other areas where a burglar would
likely travel through the home. The mat may also be used for spot protection
on the interior of a perimeter system.
Photoelectric Beam Small, unobtrusive sensors are installed
in hallways, large rooms, stairwells, and other similar areas. Any
interruption of the beam by a person walking through it causes an alarm.
Ultrasonic (Motion Detection) Any movement within the
protected area triggers an alarm. The unit should not be installed where
there is likely to be normal traffic in the house at odd hours, or where it
is subject to large amounts of wind turbulence from open windows or heater
or air conditioning vents.
Microwave (Radar) This system is similar to ultrasonic - it
detects motion in a specific area. The difference is that the unit operates
at a higher frequency and does not use air as a transmission medium. Care
must be taken in the installation to avoid accidental alarms due to the
protection waves traveling beyond the required coverage area. It must be FCC
approved. This unit is generally not recommended for home use.
Sound Units (Noise Detection) These systems operate by
detecting noise. They are generally limited to use where there is low
Passive Infrared System This system is a detection system
operating in a mode similar to the photo-electric beam and can be applied to
cover a room or hallway.
Capacity (Proximity) This system is useful for protecting
safes, files, cabinets, etc. The major drawback of this system is that it
will only detect a person several inches in proximity to the object being
Closed Circuit Television
or Dummy Security Cameras One system of some limited use to
the homeowner is the TV camera. This can be manned so that the homeowner can
view who is at the door, or with some sophisticated systems and adequate
lighting, can view the complete exterior.
NOTE: You may also wish to consider having a fire alarm
(smoke detection ionization) system installed along with your burglary
system - have the company give you an estimate for both. It is often
economical to take care of it all at once.
THINGS TO WATCH FOR Here are some ways to check the quality
of your system:
Complete systems should operate on house current and/or battery
back-up supplied current. (Self-contained, trickle-cell, battery-powered
units are satisfactory if equipped with a reliable testing device.)
The system should have some monitoring device to alert the homeowner
if any malfunction exists prior to operation.
The audible alarm features of the system should be heard in any part
of the protected premise, and loud enough to alert neighbors and/or
Temporary losses of power, such as blackouts that cause the system to
change over to battery power, should not trigger an audible alarm.
Any external components of the system should be made as inaccessible
as possible so that intruders find it difficult to cut through wires or
cables outside the home in an attempt to deactivate the system.
Main components of the system should meet the electrical safety
standards set by Underwriter's Laboratories, Inc.
Internal wiring should be installed in conformity with the standards
of the Electrical Code.
If you have a fire alarm installed with your burglary system, it
should include a "test facility" for checking to see if it is functioning
Make sure warning decals are displayed advertising your home is
protected by an alarm system.
Reset feature - every alarm system with an audible warning feature
should have a reset function to turn the bell and/or siren off after
sounding for a maximum of 15 minutes.
READ YOUR CONTRACT The alarm company should make a written
proposal and give you a copy of the contract you will be signing. Make sure
you read it.
Remember that your property and perhaps your personal safety
are at stake. What appears to be a "bargain" may actually prove to be an
easily compromised or an extremely limited alarm system. In this regard, be
sure that the sensor devices (magnetic contacts, motion detectors, pressure
mats, screens, etc.) to be installed are Underwriter's Laboratory, Inc.,
approved for burglary protection.
YOU AND YOUR ALARM SYSTEM The effectiveness of your system
depends on you. Understand how it works, and what it takes to keep it
operating properly. Ask the company to give you written instructions for the
operation and testing of your system. By law the companies are required to
provide these instructions. When the alarm is installed try to have all the
members of your family present for instruction. Be sure to let your
neighbors know you have an alarm system and ask them to call the police if
the alarm is activated.
NOTE: Panic Buttons and Hold-up alarms are frequently
installed in homes or businesses for the purpose of summoning the police in
a life threatening emergency (pepper spray,
stun guns) such as an attempted robbery or mugging. They
are sometimes placed in foyers or dwellings or under counters in stores for
individuals to set off in times of emergency. Unfortunately, this type of
alarm system is sometimes abused and set off in situations that are not
actual emergencies such as, observation of a suspected shoplifter, receipt
of a bad check or motor vehicle accident. It is important when installing a
hold-up alarm or panic button that all individuals at home or work be
instructed in the proper use of such a device. Any questions about the use
of this type of alarm system may be addressed to the police department.
CHOOSE A REPUTABLE COMPANY Make sure you deal with an
established firm with a proven history of service and performance.
All of the employees of the alarm company who sell or
service alarm equipment, and thus have access to your home, should be
The company should be willing to supply a list of nearby
homeowners or commercial installations who are satisfied customers and who
may be contacted for references. You should select at least three local
companies and make an appointment with their representative to meet with you
to appraise your security needs and cost factors. Be sure to get the name of
the person who will be coming from each company which you do not sign until
you have selected the system you want.
You may check the reputation of alarm companies with
agencies such as The Better Business Bureau or the State Department of
Too Good to be True: Con Games
What could be friendlier than helping a parent-in-need buy diapers for
How could it hurt to pay someone to pave your driveway at a
If the man at your door says he's a plumber working next
door and wants to check for water in your basement, why shouldn't you let
The answer is the same. They are all con games or scams and,
unfortunately, they are more common than you might think. It's not always
easy to spot a con artist. They're smart and extremely persuasive. Some will
play on your sympathies with stories that will tug at your heart. Others
will play on your vulnerabilities - especially older citizens who live
money. Protection against counterfeit
Here is a collection of scams that have taken place in over the last few years.
Home Improvements - Men posing as plumbers convinced a woman
to let them into her home. One man, dressed in navy blue pants and jacket,
rang her doorbell and told her he was working on a plumbing problem at the
house next door and wanted to make sure there was no flooding in her
basement. She allowed him in and he went into her bathroom and began turning
on faucets. At the same time, he began talking to another man on a two-way
radio. While the woman stayed with the first man, she heard the second enter
the house and go into other rooms. She never saw the second person, but both
men left the house minutes later. After they left she discovered the unseen
man had rummaged through closets and dressers and taken cash and jewelry.
During the late winter and early summer months a group of
transients moved into an area with the sole purpose of
fraudulently obtaining money from people. They looked for signs that
indicated residents were older (no swing sets or children's toys in the
yard) and approached them under the guise of helping with repairs. The most
common scheme was roofing or driveway repair. While one person brought the
homeowner out into the yard to inspect damages, another person entered the
home and took money. Or they told folks they had "extra" materials left from
another job. They quoted a very low price if the resident was willing to pay
cash up-front. Once they received the money, they promised to return but
Two men rang the doorbell of an elderly gentleman and told
him that while cutting down a neighbor's tree, a branch fell and broke his
fence. One man was holding a fence picket and a branch as proof. One of the
two led the victim into the backyard to show him the damage while giving him
$50 for repairs as a means to distract him. The second man entered the house
unnoticed from an unlocked front door and took a large amount of cash. The
two men left (but not before the first man conned the victim into giving
back the $50) and the theft was not discovered until later in the day.
New to the Neighborhood - A well-dressed man asked for
assistance for his newborn baby. He stated he was new in the neighborhood
and was working part-time as a "temp" until he got a full-time job. The man
asked for a donation to help buy diapers and formula for the baby. He
claimed a church nearby was going to deliver Stop & Shop coupons but he
couldn't wait that long. He was friendly and very convincing. After all, the
money was for his baby! Other residents were approached by a man who said he
had just moved into the neighborhood and unfortunately had broken his
car/house key. He asked for $8 to have a replacement made and promised to
repay them. He even gave his name and address as a show of good faith. No
part of the story turned out to be true including his name and address.
Others That Have Been Used - A couple with two children
approached an older woman while she was gardening in her front lawn. The
male was very friendly and claimed he had lived on her block as a youngster
and had even known her son. He kept up the conversation about "old times"
until the young boy asked to use her bathroom. She let the family into her
home even though she was too embarrassed to admit she had no recollection of
the man. She brought the boy to her bathroom and returned to the family in
another room. When the child didn't reappear she looked for him and found
him in her bedroom. When questioned he said he'd lost his way. The family
soon left and she later discovered the boy had stolen money and jewelry. A
youngster or two accompanied by an adult asked if residents would like to
buy gift-wrapping paper to help raise money for his school. He asked for the
money up front and didn't have any samples with him. An unknown male rang
the doorbell of several residents and asked if they would like the snow
shoveled from their property. He didn't have a shovel with him and asked for
cash up front. He told them he would be right back but never returned. Residents were asked for money to help find missing children. They were
shown a sheet of paper with the pictures of several youngsters but no other
identification on it. A woman approached people on the street and asked for
money to help her sick baby. She claimed she needed to pick up a
prescription at the drug store, she had no medical coverage "and you know
how expensive prescriptions are these days."
Some Important Things to Remember About People Who Are Con
Artists - They target older persons because they are perceived to be more
trusting and have a higher probability of keeping money in the house.
They look for homes in need of some type of repair or yard
They are friendly and non-threatening.
They may wear a uniform and provide false identification.
They may use two-way radios to give the appearance of being legitimate.
Precautions to Remember - Keep all doors locked, even when
Before allowing any "company employee" into your home for
unscheduled repairs, call the company first for verification. Look the
number up in the phonebook. Do not accept phone numbers given by the
Never accept home repair offers from workers that just
happen to be in the neighborhood. Never pay in cash. If they are reliable
they will come back after you check them out.
If you're approached while outdoors by anyone soliciting to
do repair or yard work, don't engage the person in conversation or allow
them to lead you to an area away from the house.
If there is any suspicious activity, call the police
immediately at 911.
Cybersafety for kids: A Parent's
The Internet has opened up a world of information for anyone
with a computer and a connection. Your children will learn about computers.
But just as you wouldn't send children near a busy road without safety
rules, you shouldn't send them on to the information superhighway without
rules of the road. Too many dangers from pedophiles to con artists can reach
children (and adults) through the Internet.
Explain that although a person may be alone in a room using the computer,
once logged on to the Internet, he or she is no longer alone. People using
the Internet can find out who you are and where you are. They can even tap
into information in your computer. Set aside time to explore the Internet
together. If your child has some computer experience, let him or her take
the lead. Visit areas of the World Wide Web that have special sites for
The best tool a child has for screening material found on the Internet is
his or her brain. Teach children about exploitation, pornography, hate
literature, excessive violence, and other issues that concern you, so they
know how to respond when they see this material. Choose a commercial online
service that offers parental control features. These features can block
contact that is not clearly marked as appropriate for children; chat rooms,
bulletin boards, news groups, and discussion groups; or access to the
Internet entirely. Purchase blocking software and design your own safety
system. Different packages can block sites by name, search for unacceptable
words and block sites containing those words, block entire categories of
material, and prevent children from giving out personal information. Monitor
your children when they're online and monitor the time they spend online. If
a child becomes uneasy or defensive when you walk into the room or when you
linger, this could be a sign that he or she is up to something unusual or
TELL YOUR CHILDREN
To always let you know immediately if they find something scary or
threatening on the Internet.
Never to give out their name, address, telephone number, password,
school name, parents' name, or any other personal information.
Never to agree to meet face to face with someone they've met online.
Never to respond to messages that have bad words or seem scary or just
Never to enter an area that charges for services without asking you
Never to send a picture of themselves to anyone without your
WHAT YOU CAN DO IN THE COMMUNITY
Make sure that adults monitor access to the Internet at your children's
school. Know your children's friends and their parents. If your child's
friend has Internet access at home, talk to the parents about the rules they
have established. Find out if the children are monitored while they are
online. Make sure that your child's school has an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).
This policy should include a list of acceptable and unacceptable activities
or resources, information on "netiquette" (etiquette on the Internet),
consequences for violations, and a place for you and your child to sign.
Your family can design its own AUP for the home computer. If your child
receives threatening e-mails or pornographic material, save the offensive
material and contact that user's Internet service provider and your local
law enforcement agency.
If you come across sites that are inappropriate for children
when you are surfing the Net, send the addresses to online services that
offer parental control features or to sites advertising protection software
to add to their list to be reviewed for inclusion or exclusion. Even if you
don't subscribe to the service or own the protective software, you can help
protect other children.
Prevention Through Environmental Design
It is no surprise to learn that there is a relationship
between human behavior and our physical environment. Our streets,
neighborhoods, work places and schools give us clues as to how we should
behave. This is true for criminals as well. A dark, dirty, neglected
alleyway may instill fear and apprehension in a law abiding citizen, but to
another person may send a signal that this is a good place to commit a
We not only expect our homes to shelter us from the
elements, we also expect to feel safe from unwanted intruders. We need to
protect and control what we consider to be our private space.
The concept of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
(CPTED) is something we should all think about seriously. The information
below shows how we can design and use our environment to discourage crime.
1. Define and protect your territory in ways that say, "This
is my space, I care about it. Some one will see you enter it. Someone will
care about what you are doing when you are in it." Keep your property well
lighted at night - use automatic timers or photoelectric cells on spot
lights. Plant and maintain decorative shrubbery which is neatly trimmed
especially under windows and around doors. Extend your area of control to
the street by planting flowers or creating a decorative border on the grass
near the curb. Define your private property by planting low privet hedges
around the perimeter or installing fences that will provide a border but not
block the view. Keep your home clean and well maintained. Get together with
your neighbors to form a block watch. Together you can send a message that
the street belongs to the residents, not the criminals. Notice and ask
questions of strangers who don't belong in your space.
2. Create natural opportunities for you, your neighbors, or
police to view what is happening around your home. Keep shrubs trimmed below
your window sill so you can easily look out on to your property, and
eliminate hiding places for criminals. Replace solid stockade type fences
with more open fencing to eliminate hiding places and extend your view. Keep
trees trimmed to get maximum illumination from street lights. Move your
parking area so your vehicle is in front of your home, or in a position to
be easily observed by you or your neighbor. Re-design the walkway to your
house so that people using the walkway are always in plain view.
3. Control how people can enter your property. Limit the
number of ways people can enter your property. Bound your backyard with
shrubs or fencing so people must use a gate or well defined walkway. Add a
gate (help aid) with a latch to your front yard fence - this will require a few extra
seconds for someone to open it. Change the path to your door so you can
observe someone as they approach. Replace inadequate door and window locks
with good security hardware such as deadbolts. Consider installing an alarm
system. Install a peep hole in your door.
Other things you can do with your neighbors for better
environmental design: Reclaim a vacant lot for a community garden or park.
Encourage neighborhood outdoor activities. Maintain a strong presence on the
street. Events like block parties, clean-ups, festivals, and tag sales keep
neighbors out on the street and criminals away. Work with Police and city
agencies on traffic control, neighborhood revitalization, or improvement of
public services. Stay involved with developers and city authorities on new
construction in your area. Work with business owners to help them increase
their natural surveillance abilities.
No single technique in environmental design will work to
eliminate crime in every case. Each situation requires we re-think how our
environment may be contributing to criminal opportunity, and how can we
change the environment in the most attractive and natural way possible.
Entering Your Car: Have your keys ready when entering your
vehicle. Be alert to activity in the area. Look into the vehicle before you
enter it, checking the back. Safely place children in the car, get in and
lock doors immediately, then buckle their car seats or seatbelt.
Driving Your Car: Plan your route in advance, particularly
on long or unfamiliar trips. Keep your car locked and windows up when it is
parked or when you are driving. Don't leave your wallet or purse on the seat
next to you. Place your purse on the floor under the front seat. When
driving or stopped at a light, leave room between your car and the one in
front of you in case you need to maneuver quickly. Avoid driving near the
curb. A carjacker can block your path with a vehicle or break a window and
enter your vehicle before you can drive away. Don't stop to help stranded
motorists - instead, call the police department for them. Avoid idling in
neutral; you may have to pull away in a hurry. Keep your gas tank full and
your car in good working condition.
Leaving Your Car: Park in well-lit areas, near side walls
and walkways. Park in a lot with an attendant, if possible. Avoid parking
near woods, large vans, dumpsters or trucks or anything else that will
obstruct your view. Don't get out if there are suspicious people in the
area. When stopping to use ATM's choose well lit and highly visible areas. Never leave your car running while filling up or just to "run" into a store. Make sure your garage door is locked before exiting your vehicle.
What to do if it happens to you: If someone tries to take
your car and your windows are rolled up and your doors are locked... Step on
the gas and hit your horn.
If you are forced from you car and a child is in the car...
YELL "There's a child in the car!"
If the perpetrator has a weapon or you feel you are in
danger... Do not argue or resist.
If your vehicle is taken: Remain calm. Call the police
department immediately. Give a full description of your car. (Do you
know your license number?) Give a full description of the perpetrator
- "sex, age, race, hair, and eye color, any special features, clothes,
etc..." Give the direction of flight and if any weapon was used or
Reduce your risk - remember carjackers look for areas of
opportunities such as: Intersections controlled by stop lights or signs
garage and parking lots for mass transit, shopping malls, and grocery
stores. Self serve gas stations and car washes. ATMs (Automatic Teller
Machines) Residential driveways and streets as people get into and out of
their car. Highway exits and entry ramps, or any place else that drivers
slow down or stop.
Child-proof your weapon by placing a
trigger guard on the weapon or by locking it
Owning a Handgun
The decision to own a handgun assumes you are prepared to
undertake full-time responsibility for your weapon's safety and security.
You must protect yourself and your family members against misuse of the
handgun by anyone who is either incompetent or unqualified to handle the
weapon. In particular, you must secure your handgun from theft and misuse.
You must also assume full-time responsibility for its safe
handling and use, making sure you know how it works and how to maintain it. You must also be aware of the circumstances in which you may legally use a
handgun for self-defense.
You should understand that a handgun is a lethal weapon,
capable of inflicting death and disabling injury on living targets. If not
treated with utmost caution and safety, it can accidentally discharge and
result in tragic consequences for you and your family. Studies show that
accidental handgun deaths in the home occur most often while playing with
the gun, examining or demonstrating the gun, and cleaning or repairing the
gun. According to the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, 12 American
children die every day in handgun accidents, suicides and homicides.
As a handgun owner, safe and secure storage is one of the most important
responsibilities that you assume. Only you and your spouse should be aware
of where your weapon is permanently stored. It should not be within sight or
reach of children, or accessible to burglars.
If children are in the home, a conscious effort by the gun
owner should be made to assure that the weapon is locked and stored
appropriately. According to some laws now being passed, you may be guilty of
a felony if you are found to have been negligent in storing your firearm and
it was used by a minor to cause death or injury to another person.
We recommend that you:
Store your handgun, unloaded and uncocked, in a securely locked
Store and lock your handgun and its ammunition in separate locations.
Do not store your handgun among your valuables, such as jewelry or
Do not store your handgun in a bedside table or under your mattress or
Child-proof your weapon by placing a
guard on the weapon or by locking it up.
Harvard School of Public health researchers found that over
one-third of gun owners surveyed kept their weapons loaded and more than
half kept them in unlocked places.
Firearms dealers are required to provide a gun locking
device and warning at the time of sale.
Child-proof your handgun by removing all ammunition, opening
up the action of the weapon and securing it with the locking device. There
are several types of locking devices available. Remember to lock your
handgun before storing it in a locked container.
We recommend that you:
Always carry with you, on your key chain, the keys that open both the
locked container that stores your handgun, and its padlock or trigger
If you go on vacation, consider additional safe-keeping measures for
your handgun while you are away.
Store ammunition in a locked container, away from heat or moisture.
Never throw out ammunition in the trash.
Record your handgun's serial number and keep it in a safety deposit
Another important responsibility you
undertake, if you choose to own a handgun, is to lean and maintain your
weapon on a monthly basis. Proper functioning and safety of a handgun
can be impaired by rust, dirt or improper maintenance procedures. As
with any high quality piece of equipment, your handgun must be cared for
according to the manufacturers directions.
We recommend that you:
Always check twice prior to cleaning your handgun to make sure that it
Clean your handgun after each use according to the manufacturers
directions with the proper equipment.
Clean your handgun alone and in a safe place, preferable at any
approved shooting range. Double check to make sure that the weapon is
Store your handgun in a location that protects it from excessive
temperature changes or moisture.
Wrap your handgun in a silicone cloth or moisture-barrier paper. Never
wrap it in a newspaper, sock, or leather holster. These attract moisture.
Do not make repairs on, or modifications to your handgun. These should
only be made by the manufacturer or a qualified gunsmith. Any modification
to your handgun may be potentially dangerous and may void your warranty.
Be sure to replace unused ammunition periodically.
Training: If you own a handgun you have a responsibility to obtain
Any safety courses should present relevant information as
well as ample opportunities for you to practice firing and cleaning your
handgun. The course should:
Provide information describing the parts and workings of the handgun,
how to load and unload it, and the location and operation of its safety
Teach specific procedures for proper care, cleaning and maintenance
for the handgun.
Describe safety rules for handgun home storage and use, while
transporting the weapon and while on the range.
Specify the legal requirements and moral considerations related to
handgun ownership, use, possession, sale and transfer.
Teach the principles of marksmanship: trigger control, grip and site
alignment and site picture.
Provide opportunities for you to fire a minimum of four hundred rounds
of ammunition at the pistol range.
Require you to pass a written test demonstrating your comprehension of
Require you to pass a performance test demonstrating your ability to
handle, use and clean the handgun properly.
Handling and Use
You must be absolutely certain that your handgun is unloaded
whenever you or a family member handles it. Further, it should never be
displayed at a social gathering or be made a topic of conversation. It
should never appear accompanying the use of drugs or alcohol.
We recommend that the following safety rules be strictly
Always treat every handgun as if it were loaded.
Never point a gun (whether loaded or unloaded) at another person or at
Always keep the firearm pointed in safe direction. You must also take
into consideration that a bullet can ricochet or glance off of any object
it strikes, and that bullets can penetrate walls, ceilings, floors, and
Give your handgun to someone only if you verify that it is unloaded
and the cylinder or action is open. Take a handgun from someone only after
you verify that it is unloaded and the cylinder or action is open.
Always be certain that your target and the surrounding area are safe
Before firing your weapon you should routinely make sure that your
firearm is in good working order and that the barrel is clear of dirt and
Load your handgun only if and when you intend to fire it.
Assume your handgun's safety devices will fail.
When handling or cleaning your handgun, never leave it unattended - It
should be in your view and under your supervision at all times.
The most dangerous handgun is an "unloaded" handgun.
Know the Laws
You must be 21 years old to purchase a handgun.
Upon purchase of a handgun the gun seller is required to register it
with the local authorities.
If you owned a handgun prior to October 1, 1995, you do not need a
permit to keep a handgun in your home. However, all purchases of handguns
since that time require the buyer to have a valid permit to carry a pistol
or revolver at the time of purchase (even if you do not plan to carry it).
You need to be at least 21 years of age to apply for a permit.
Anyone found guilty of carrying a handgun without a permit is subject
to a fine of up to $1,000 and a minimum one year prison term.
Criminally negligent storage of a firearm is a felony.
Altering or removing an identification mark on a firearm is illegal
and may result in a fine of up to $1,000 and a prison term of up to 5
Prevent Gang Membership
These are some steps that parents, community members and
educators can take to steer young people away from drugs, crime, disorder
and gang membership:
Talk to your teenager. Discuss the consequences of becoming
involved in a gang or hate group.
Involve your children in family and outside activities.
Take an active role in your child's education and progress.
Become acquainted with the resources available to you such
as PAL (Police Athletic League), Mentoring Program, Board of Young Adult
Police Commissions and other activities and programs coordinated through the
Family Services Unit of the New Haven Police Department. Many
community-based organizations offer services geared toward positive youth
development as well.
Work with your community and government, including the
police, in identifying and intervening in gang and hate group activities
before they become a major problem in your neighborhood.
Respond quickly in removing graffiti, a means of gang
advertisement, and repairing vandalism in your neighborhood. A prompt
response signals we have pride in our neighborhoods, and that we will not
relinquish our communities and quality of life.
Report suspected gang activity immediately. In an emergency,
dial 9-1-1. For non-emergencies to report problems, call your local
police number. Also
in a non-emergency situation, you can contact the department's Narcotic
In the course of the day you may write a check at the
drugstore, charge tickets to a concert, rent a car, call home on your cell
phone, or apply for a credit card. Chances are you don't give these routine
transactions a second thought. But others may.
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America,
affecting half a million new victims each year. Identity theft or identity
fraud is the taking of a victim's identity to obtain credit, credit cards
from banks and retailers, steal money from a victim's existing accounts,
apply for loans, establish accounts with utility companies, rent an
apartment, file bankruptcy, or obtain a job using the victim's name.
Thousands of dollars can be stolen without the victim knowing about it for
months or even years.
The imposter obtains your social security number, your birth
date, and other identifying information such as your address and phone
number. With this information and a fake driver's license, they can apply in
person for instant credit or through the mail posing as you. They often
claim they have moved and provide their own address. Once the first account
is opened, they can continue to add to their credibility.
They get the information from your doctor, lawyer, school,
health insurance carrier, and many other places. "dumpster divers" pick up
information you may have thrown away, such as utility bills, credit card
slips, and other documents.
TO PREVENT IDENTITY THEFT FROM HAPPENING TO YOU
Do not give out personal information over the phone, through the mail,
or over the Internet unless you have initiated the contact or know whom
you are dealing with. Identity thieves will pose as bank representatives,
Internet service providers, and even government officials to get you to
reveal identifying information.
Shred all documents, including all pre-approved credit applications
received in your name, insurance forms, bank checks and statements you are
discarding, and other financial information.
Do not use your mother's maiden name, your birth date, the last four
digits of your social security number, or a similar series of numbers as a
password for anything.
Minimize the identification information and the number of cards you
carry. Take what you'll actually need. Don't carry your social security
card, birth certificate, or passport, unless necessary.
Do not put your social security number on your checks or your credit
receipts. If a business requests your social security number, give them an
alternate number and explain why. If a government agency requests your
social security number, there must be a privacy notice accompanying the
Do not put your telephone number on your checks.
Be careful using ATMs and phone cards. Someone may look over your
shoulder and get your PIN numbers, thereby gaining access to your
Make a list of all of your credit card account numbers and bank
account numbers with customer service phone numbers and keep in a safe
When you order new credit cards in the mail or previous ones have
expired, watch the calendar to make sure you get the card within the
appropriate time. If the card is not received within that time, call the
credit card grantor immediately to find out if the card has been sent. If
you don't receive the card, check to make sure a change of address was not
Do not put your credit card number on the Internet unless it is
encrypted on a secured site.
Pay attention to your billing cycles. Follow up with creditors if
bills don't arrive on time. A missing credit card bill could mean an
identity thief has taken over your credit card account and changed your
Cancel all credit cards that you have not used in the last six months.
Open credit is a prime target.
Order your credit card report at least twice a year. Reports should be
obtained from all three major sources: Equifax at 800-685-1111; Experian
at 888-EXPERIAN (397-3742); or TransUnion at 800-680-7293.
Correct all mistakes on your credit report in writing. Send the
letters return receipt requested. Identify the problems item by item and
send with a copy of the credit report back to the credit reporting agency. You should hear back from the agency within 30 days.
Write to Direct Marketing Association, Mail Preference Service, PO Box
9008, Farmingdale, NY 11735 to get your name off direct mail lists.
for Home Security
Keeping your home secure is not hard to do. Most home
security strategies are easy and don't cost a lot of money. When you think
about home security take your house, yard, and even your neighborhood into
account. Pay close attention to the vulnerable areas. A good rule of thumb
is if you are locked out of your house and you can break into it without
much trouble, then so can a burglar!
This survey will help you see where your home security needs
improvement. It will take you step by step through your home, as well as
your neighborhood and will also give you security tips on how or why you
should do things. So follow along and see how well you do.
Clean well-lighted neighborhoods can help deter crime. It should be no
surprise that a relationship exists between human behavior and the physical
environment. Our streets and neighborhoods send clear messages about how we
are to behave. Criminals are not exempt from this relationship. Dark, dirty
and neglected alleys may cause fear in the law-abiding person. A criminal,
on the other hand, may see the same alleyway as an excellent place to commit
Neighbors that work together at keeping their properties
neat and well maintained send a silent but strong message that they care
about what happens on their street. Take a look at your neighborhood as a
stranger might see it and decide if it gives you a sense of safety and well
Also consider how your neighbors interact with one another. When neighbors talk to each other barriers are broken down, people feel
safer and there is more willingness to work together.
Answer the following questions and see how your street
measures up. The more questions that are answered "Yes," the safer the
1. Do you call the Parks Department to trim back trees when
they are overgrown and hinder maximum street illumination?
2. Is your street free from litter and garbage?
3. Are the sidewalks maintained?
4. Do you report potholes to Public Works?
5. Do you report all illegal dumping to the Police
6. Do you call the police to have abandoned cars on your
street towed away?
7. Do your neighbors look out for one another?
8. Do you leave an extra house key with a trusted neighbor
instead of under a mat or other hiding place that can easily be discovered?
9. Do you have an active block watch to help communication
10. Do your neighbors watch your home when you are away?
11. Do you have neighborhood clean-ups to help maintain the
up-keep of the street?
In the House
Lastly, what does the inside of your house tell a burglar? Burglaries
usually happen when no one is at home. So it's important to make the house
look "lived in" or as if someone is there. You can use several visual cues
to achieve this. Also, if someone does enter the house, additional safety
measures should be taken. Look over the following questions and see how many
you can answer with a "Yes."
1. Are some of your inside lights on automatic timers so the
house never looks dark and empty?
2. Are your shades or curtains drawn in the evening so those
passersby cannot see your belongings?
3. Do you leave a radio or television on while you are out
so that sound is emanating from the house?
4. Do you rent a safety deposit box to store valuables that
you do not often use?
5. Do you engrave items such as televisions, computers,
VCRs, etc. with your driver's license number (including state abbreviation)
to make your belongings easier to trace if they are stolen and recovered by
6. If you have a safe at home is it appropriate for what you
are protecting (fire safe for documents, money safe for cash and small
We can never prevent all burglaries but we can reduce the chances of it
happening. Don't make it easy for the thief. Take control and help keep your
home, as well as your neighborhood safe.
Good planning is essential to an event's success. This
comprehensive checklist can be adapted to any type of event - a crime
prevention fair, a Neighborhood Watch meeting, or a bicycle rodeo. How far
in advance you need to start working depends on the project's complexity.
Even though committees will do most of the work, there should be a
chairperson who will oversee the entire process. Don't forget that local
businesses can donate a majority of the items you will need. Use these
planning weeks as approximate guidelines. The sooner you start the better.
16 to 20 Weeks Ahead
12 to 16 Weeks Ahead
The Exhibitors and Information Committee should send out letters of
invitation to groups they would like to have as exhibitors. Include the
purpose, date, time, place, how it's going to benefit the exhibitors, and
8 to 12 Weeks Ahead
Recruit an honorary chair to help publicize and draw people to your event.
Local celebrities or TV and radio station personalities are good choices.
Meet with committee heads regularly, offer help when needed, and monitor
progress with tasks. Identify potential partners and local celebrities with
help from the honorary chair.
Invitations & Hospitality Committee Checklist
Decide whether you are going to use fliers, signs, or other notices; work
with the Publicity Committee. Post fliers 4 to 6 weeks before the event.
Invite local celebrities. Estimate how many people will be attending and
tell the Food Committee. Ensure you have adequate parking, handicapped
access, restrooms, and a secure place for coats (don't forget hangers). Have
on hand a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, a cellular phone (or access to a
phone), and emergency phone numbers. Make name tags and site maps for all
workers and exhibitors. Let the Decorations Committee know how many tables
are needed for registration. Recruit volunteer greeters and runners for
last-minute needs. Designate greeters to accompany celebrity guests.
Awards & Prizes Committee Checklist
Decide criteria for awards and recruit judges. Arrange for the Honorary
Co-Chair or other community leader to present the awards.
Entertainment & Publicity Committee Checklist
Plan activities and entertainment. Arrange for stage, sound, and audio
visual equipment as required.
Reproduce educational "take one" brochures and bookmarks.
Develop a media contacts list. Call radio and television stations and
newspapers to introduce yourself and the event.
Prepare a press release to send out one week before the event. Put
together an information kit for the media that includes a press release,
fliers, bookmarks and brochures, list of sponsors and participating
Recruit a volunteer photographer to take pictures at event.
Be available on the day of the event to meet and greet press
representatives and answer questions.
Exhibits & Information Committee Checklist
Follow up on invitations to exhibitors and verify who will come. Send
Estimate the total number of exhibitors and determine space/table
requirements. Be sure to include a display for "take one" brochures and
product give-aways! Let the Decorations Committee know how many tables and
chairs you will need and work with them on a layout.
Recruit volunteers to help exhibitors set up, load, and unload
Food & Decorations Committee Checklist
Decide what decorations you will have and where they go.
Map where exhibits, food, entertainment, registration, etc. will be
set up. Pay attention to the location of electrical outlets.
Make promotional signs, directional signs, and posters.
Decide if you are going to serve refreshments. If you don't want to
provide refreshments, you could invite local restaurants to sell food.
Arrange for all required tables, chairs, napkins, cups, plates, and
utensils for food, hospitality, exhibitors, and awards.
Recruit volunteers for pre-event set-up and post-event clean-up.
1 Week Ahead
Send press release out to radio, television, and print media. Call key
press contacts to confirm coverage.
Purchase non-perishable food and utensils, etc.
Confirm all deliveries and pick ups.
1 Day Ahead
Pick up orders and arrange deliveries as appropriate.
Test audio visual and sound equipment.
Set up tables and decorate if possible.
Purchase all perishable food items and/or ensure that all food is
Do a final review to make sure all checklist items are completed.
The Big Day!
Install or complete decorations.
Set up tables, stage, and audio-visual equipment.
Ensure that first aid kit, fire extinguishers, phone, and emergency
phone numbers are readily accessible, but out of the way.
Ensure that volunteer greeters, helpers, and runners are on site,
briefed, and ready to go.
Assemble all materials for activities.
Relax and have a great event!
Don't forget to thank all donors, workers, partners, and celebrities
at the event.
After the Event
Clean-up after and return all borrowed equipment and supplies.
Send thank-you notes to all who worked so hard to make it a success.
Make notes for next year's event. Jot down suggestions of things to do
differently and things that went well.
Meet with your committee chairpersons for a post-event evaluation.
Blocking Off The Street
Announce the street will be closed at least three days in advance to
allow residents to make alternate parking plans. No vendor's permit is
required as long as nothing is being sold.
Alcoholic beverage may not be consumed on city streets. Streets must
be left in good condition.
For safety sake, keep the party away from main intersections.
Pick a lightly traveled one-way street. Sorry, but no main
thoroughfares can be blocked off. Now...
How to Get Approval
Laws vary and may involve several agencies. Call your local government
for instructions. It probably won't take more than a few minutes to
process your application at each location but, just to be on the safe side,
start the application process at least two weeks in advance of the party.
Each City agency must approve the application and will do so in the interest
of overall public safety.
Safety for Adults
Knowing how to protect yourself can reduce the opportunity
of becoming a victim of crime. Street safety can reduce the opportunity for
muggers and purse-snatchers. Home safety can reduce the opportunity for
3 BASIC RULES
DO stay alert. Keep your mind on your surroundings, who's in front of you
and who's behind you. Don't get distracted.
DO communicate the message that you're calm, confident, and
know where you're going. Stand tall, walk purposefully, and make eye contact
with people around you.
DO trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a
Walking, Jogging or Bicycling
pepper spray or
Plan the safest route to your destination. Choose well-lighted streets
and avoid passing vacant lots, alleys, or construction sights. Take the
long way if it's the safest way.
Know your neighborhood. Find out what stores and restaurants are open
late and where the fire stations are.
Don't walk alone at night and always avoid areas where there are few
Carry your purse close to your body and keep a firm grip on it. Carry
a wallet in an inside coat or side trouser pocket, not in a rear trouser
Don't flaunt expensive jewelry or clothing.
Walk in the middle of the sidewalk. Avoid doorways, bushes, and
Wear clothes and shoes that give you freedom of movement.
Walk facing traffic so you can see approaching cars.
Don't overburden yourself with packages and groceries that make it
hard to react.
Have your house or car key in hand as you approach your home or
If you suspect someone is following you on foot, cross the street and
head for the nearest well lighted populated area. Walk quickly or run to a
house or store to call police. If you're really scared, scream for help.
If someone is following you in a car, change directions immediately
and make a visible point of writing down the license number.
Be careful when people stop you for directions. Always reply from a
distance and never get too close to the car.
Keep your car in good running condition to avoid breakdowns.
Plan your route in advance, particularly on long or unfamiliar trips.
Have enough gas and money to get there and back.
Drive with all the car doors locked. Keep windows rolled as high as
If your car breaks down, raise the hood, use
warning triangles, flares, or tie a white cloth to the door handle.
Stay in the locked car. When someone stops, ask him or her to phone for
Consider carrying a cellular phone.
Park in well-lighted areas that will still be well lighted when you
return. Lock your car.
Be particularly alert and careful when using underground and enclosed
If you are being followed while driving, drive to the nearest fire
station, open gas station or other business where you can safely call the
police. Try to get the car's license number and description. If no safe
areas are near, honk the horn repeatedly and turn on your emergency
When at Home
Make sure all the windows and the doors in your home can be locked
securely, particularly sliding glass doors. Use the locks! Keep entrances
Use a peephole or an intercom to find out who is outside before
opening the door.
Check the identification of any sales or service person before letting
Don't let any strangers into your home - no matter what the reason or
how dire the emergency is supposed to be. Offer to make an emergency phone
call while they wait outside.
Never give the impression that you are home alone if strangers
telephone or come to the door.
Don't give any information to "wrong number" callers. Ask what number
they are dialing.
Check references of any person calling about a survey or credit card
before volunteering information.
Your answering machine should never indicate you are not at home. The
recorded message should tell the caller that that you are unable to come
to the phone at the moment and if they leave a message you will get back
Hang up immediately on any threatening or harassing phone call. If the
call persists, call the phone company and the police.
Use only your last name and initials on your door, mailbox, and in the
Do not leave house keys in the mailbox, planter, or under the doormat.
Give a duplicate key to a trusted friend or neighbor in case you are
locked out. Use an effective
Replace old locks when you move to a new house or apartment.
Pull your shades after dark.
If you come home and find a door or window open or signs of forced
entry, don't go in. Go to the nearest phone and call the police.
Jogging, Biking and Other Outdoor Activities
Choose routes in advance that are safe and well populated.
Vary your route and schedule.
Avoid jogging and biking at night.
Know businesses that are open and locations of fire stations and
emergency call boxes.
Consider carrying a
Consider not wearing stereo headphones. It's safer to be alert.
Buses and Elevators
Try to use well-lighted and frequently used stops.
Try to sit near the bus driver.
asleep. Stay alert!
While waiting, stand near other people.
If you are verbally or physically harassed, attract attention by
talking loudly or screaming.
Be alert to who gets off the bus with you. If you feel uncomfortable,
walk directly to a place where there are other people.
Look into the elevator before getting in to be sure no one is hiding.
Stand near the controls.
Get off is someone suspicious enters. If you're worried about someone
who is waiting for the elevator with you, pretend you forgot something and
don't get on.
If you're attacked, hit the alarm and as many floor buttons as
if it Happens to You?
Remain calm, try not to panic or show signs of anger or confusion.
If the attacker is only after your purse or other valuables, don't
resist. You don't want it to become a violent confrontation. If it
is more than that be prepared to fight for your life.
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, identify yourself and your location, and
Do you ever have to take care of yourself after school or
while your parents are running an errand? Do you have to watch a brother or
sister, too? Taking care of yourself is a big responsibility, but you can
handle it if you follow these tips!
Make sure you know how to reach your parents at work and
what to do in case of a fire or other emergency. Learn all the local
emergency phone numbers - 911 for fire, medical, and police. Make sure
they're posted near all the phones in your home.
Be sure you know how to use the telephone correctly and how
to make local, long distance and emergency calls and how to get the
Check in with Mom or Dad or a trusted neighbor as soon as
you get home.
Make sure you know how to work the door and window locks and
always lock the door after you come in.
When you're home alone, never open the door for anyone you
don't know well or are unsure of.
With Mom or Dad, select a place to keep keys and emergency
Never go anywhere with another adult, even one who says he
or she has been sent by your parents. You and your parents might want to
adopt a secret "code word" as a signal if another adult has to pick you up.
If anything happens to you while you're alone that makes you
feel uncomfortable, tell an adult you trust. Always! Every time!
Never let a caller at the door or on the phone know that
you're alone. Always say, "Mom can't come to the phone (or door) right now."
While you're walking or playing outdoors, remember: Always travel with a
friend. Two heads are better than one.
A stranger is anyone you and your parents don't know well.
You must never take candy, money, medicine, or anything else
from a stranger.
Avoid strangers who seem to be hanging around the playground
or school. Tell your teacher or another adult you trust.
When frightened run to the nearest person you can find - a
police officer, a person working in a yard, or a neighborhood house or
If a stranger in a car bothers you, turn and run in the
It's not easy for a car to change directions suddenly.
Strangers can be tricky - they can ask you to walk with them
to "show" them something, they can offer to pay for your video game, or ask
you to help them find a lost pet. Don't be fooled!
Have your Mom or Dad - or both of them - walk your school
route with you to make sure it's safe.
Always stick to the same safe route in going and coming from
school, and never hitchhike - never!
Don't tell anyone your name and address when you're walking,
and don't think that because someone knows your name that they know you -
maybe they're just looking at your name printed on your tee-shirt or
If a stranger tries to follow you on foot or tries to grab
you, scream and make lots of noise. The stranger doesn't want any attention.
Some adults can tell you what to do - such as a teacher or
police officer. But no adult can tell you what to do just because he or she
is bigger than you. If you are ever in a situation that makes you feel
uncomfortable in any way, you have the right to say "NO" loud and clear.
funny about being touched?
You kids know a lot about safety rules, but I want to be sure you know these
Remember that you're allowed to say "NO" loud and clear if
any adult wants to touch a part of your body and you don't want them to -
even if it's someone you know.
If you feel "funny" about what somebody older than you says
or does to you, be sure to tell an adult you trust. Tell them exactly what
makes you feel "funny."
Remember that you can trust most adults. They want you to be
safe and they want to know about things that happen to you that you don't
like. They have to know because if adults do things to children that they
shouldn't, it takes another adult to get them to stop.
Things You and Your Neighbors Can Do To
Work with public agencies and other organizations - neighborhood-based
or community-wide - on solving common problems. Don't be shy about letting
them know what your community needs.
Make sure that all the youth in the neighborhood have positive ways to
spend their spare time, through organized recreation, tutoring programs,
part-time work, and volunteer opportunities.
Make sure your streets and homes are well lit.
Build a partnership with police, focused on solving problems instead
of reacting to crises. Make it possible for neighbors to report suspicious
activity or crimes without fear of retaliation.
Take advantage of "safety in numbers" to hold rallies, marches, and
other group activities to show you're determined to drive out crime and
Clean up the neighborhood! Involve everyone - teens, children, senior
citizens. Graffiti, litter, abandoned cars, and run-down buildings tell
criminals that you don't care about where you live or each other. Call the
city public works department and ask for help in cleaning up.
Ask local officials to use new ways to get criminals out of your
building or neighborhood. These include enforcing anti-noise laws, housing
codes, health and fire codes, anti-nuisance laws, and drug-free clauses in
Work with schools to establish drug-free, gun-free zones; work with
recreation officials to do the same for parks.
Develop and share a phone list of local organizations that can provide
counseling, job training, guidance, and other services that neighbors
What should I do if my car is missing?
Contact the local police - 911. The registered owner of the vehicle should
be the one to make the call. Report the theft to your insurance company as