The Fayetteville Police Department’s Crime Prevention Specialists would like to offer the following public safety tips to help the general public avoid becoming a victim of breaking and entering crimes, which often increase during the summer months. Please observe the following questions regarding your property. For your home:
- Are all doors locked at night and every time you leave the home?
- Is there a Charlie bar on your glass sliding door?
- Is your alarm set when you leave or set if you are in the home for the day?
- Are there dark areas around your home during daylight hours? They will be darker at night.
- Are shrubs and bushes trimmed so there is no place for someone to hide?
- Do you turn on outside lighting at night?
- Is your line of sight blocked by trees or shrubbery?
- Is outdoor lighting adequate?
- Do you have TVs, gaming consoles, computers or any other valuables in plain sight near a window or glass door?
- Do you have proper window coverings to keep what is inside your home from plain sight to potential burglars?
- Have you inscribed your electronics with an identifying number and inventoried your home including pictures and placed this information in a safe place?
- Have you inventoried your purse/wallet and removed unnecessary identifying information (birth certificates, social security cards)?
- Have you placed pad locks on sheds and outside access doors?
For your vehicle:
Remember to please report all Suspicious Activity to 911 as it is occurring, giving the most detailed information as possible.
- Are the doors locked and windows rolled up?
- Are there any valuables (ipod/MP3, cell phone, GPS, money) left in plain sight inside the vehicle?
- Are there packages in plain sight inside the vehicle?
- Are there computer bags and/or book covers that could be mistaken for a purse?
- Did you leave your vehicle running and unoccupied?
- Did you leave your purse/wallet in the vehicle?