Don't be a Victim

Crime Prevention Tips to Keep You & Your Property Safe

Understand the importance of ‘target hardening’, a mindset of looking for potential weaknesses and denying suspects access. Simple steps can be taken to ensure the safety of our homes while maintaining the aesthetic beauty of our homes. 

Here are a few ways to maintain a secure, but attractive home:

  • Consider using thorny plants that are naturally appealing but create a deterrent to unwanted entry
  • Ensure shrubs are neatly manicured and allow unobstructed views of vulnerable doors and windows from the street and sidewalks
  • Lawn and porch lighting particularly in shaded areas
  • Strong deadbolt locks and sliding window locks
  1. Protecting Your Property
  2. Protecting Your Vehicle
  3. When You're Away
  4. When You're Home
  5. When You're Shopping

Your Property

  • Mark valuable items with your California Drivers License number. Televisions, stereos, etc, are items a thief is likely to steal. Keep a list of these items, along with their serial numbers, in a safe place.
  • Secure patio doors. A steel or wooden rod in the guide channel will work. A pin type lock may also be used for added security.
  • Keep your garage door down and locked. This helps protect property stored inside. While you are away, electric doors should be disconnected and padlocked.
  • Make an inventory of items in your home. Take photos of valuable items. Keep one copy for yourself and give the other to your insurance company. Video record your entire home and all rooms containing your property and valuables.