How Can You Practice Crime Prevention?
1. EDUCATE YOURSELF ON CRIME PREVENTION TECHNIQUES.
Contact the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office for information on how to make your home more secure, mark your personal property and maintain personal security.
2. KNOW YOUR SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES
Know the location of the Sheriff’s Office and substations. Get to know and support your local deputy.
3. REPORT ALL CRIME
Utilize the 911 system for emergencies and to report suspicious activities or circumstances. No violation is too small to be reported. Don't assume someone haas already reported the incident.
4. STAY INFORMED
Knowledge is POWER. Follow the news. Keep current on local crime problems. Attend public meetings. Become familiar with local crime trends and what proactive measures are being done to address the issues.
5. WORK WITH OTHERS
Support groups, community associations, and other proactive neighborhood organizations are invaluable in combating crime. Encourage children to become actively involved in the effort to build character and foster a sense of security.
Break-ins happen much more frequently than most people think - and it's always a devastating experience. Our friends with the Safety, Health and Consumer Council have developed A Comprehensive Guide to Securing Your Home as a way to help promote safety and prevention awareness. This guide includes key steps and preventive measures that can go a long way in keeping home safe and secure while everyone is away.
1. Remove Valuables
If you can leave your valuables at home, do so. If this is not an option, place your items in the trunk or out of public view.
2. Lock your Vehicle
Verify that your vehicle is securely locked before leaving it unattended. Be mindful that remote locking devices can malfunction, so verify their proper operation before leaving the vehicle unattended.
3. Close Windows and Sun Roofs
Windows and sun/moon roof allow a thief quick and easy access to your vehicle's interior and the property within. Access can be gained through a very small opening so ensure windows are completely closed and the sun roof secured.
4. Install an Alarm
Consider the use of an alarm with an ignition kill switch and/or the use of an external steering wheel or brake system locking device.
When possible, park in well lit areas with a high volume of pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
Most burglars spend under (60) seconds attempting to break into a home. A quality alarm system, good lighting (with motion sensor activation), solid deadbolt locks, and vigilant neighbors can be powerful deterrents to crime. The following tips can reduce a burglars OPPORTUNITY, and make your home less appealing to the criminal element:
By using these few guidelines, we can reduce the number of crimes occurring within our community and truly make Carroll County a great place to live, work and play.