In the last 5 days, Fort Smith suffered 7 thefts from vehicles, 12 from residences and four from businesses for a grand total of over $30,000 in losses not including damage that may have occurred during the crime. Victims of crimes often learn how to prevent the next occurrence after they experience the first.
Here are some key points to help you prevent the first occurrence:
Home and Business:
1. Install good locks on doors and windows, and use them.
2. Trim bushes and shrubs around your home and business to reduce concealment areas.
3. Remove trash and clutter from around your business and home. Maintain your home and business present a cared for look.
a. Criminals can use trash and anything lying around as break-in tools.
b. Criminals view areas uncared for areas as areas that are free of witness opportunities and often crimes go unreported in these areas for long periods. (Broken Windows Theory)
4. Repair and/or install exterior lighting. (Reduces concealment opportunities.)
5. Open blinds on businesses and turn on interior lights at night so police can see activity inside.
6. Install security systems with remote monitored video surveillance in your business or home.
a. This is a great deterrent.
b. Provides police with improved opportunity to recover losses and catch criminals.
7. Do not flaunt your possessions, lock high value items separately in a strongbox, safe, windowless locked closet or room.
8. Consider a Security Review from your local police department or a security consultant.
Always remember that employees can be your biggest problem or greatest allies when trying to protect your property. Communicate with them about your concerns; train your employees on security procedures and their important. Make sure they understand that when you lose, they lose.
1. Lock your car.
2. Park in well-lit areas.
3. Avoid “cracking” your window when you are parked. Keep the air conditioner turned to outside vent instead and use a sunshade.
4. Do not leave high valued items visible in the passenger compartment.
5. Remember that people tend to ignore car alarms, so do not ignore yours.
6. Consider a car alarm with a remote notification feature.
This list is not all-inclusive and does not guarantee criminals will not target you; however, following these guidelines will reduce the likelihood.
For more information see our website http://www.marcianosecurity.com