Home, Business, Auto
Lock all doors and windows when you leave or even when home alone. Especially basement and ground level windows and patio doors.
Ensure that locks are changed if you are a new tenant or owner, Install deadbolts on doors and a ‘peep hole’ in your front door
- Consider installing and alarm system and/or security cameras and be sure they are in working order
- Insure your home and its contents, and store valuables in safety lock boxes (passports, jewelry etc.)
- Store credit cards, identification, and other valuables in a safe place and take photo copies of all important documents.
- Take an inventory of your possessions, such as all electronic equipment and tools. Pictures and receipts are a good way of doing this.
- Store your car and house keys in a safe, secure and easy to access place
- Do not leave purses, jewelry and other valuables visible through the front door
- Use curtains on your windows to prevent potential thieves from getting a look inside
- Before turning your house key over to a cleaner or other service person, ensure they are from a reputable agency
- Ask for credentials from any sales-person before they enter your home
- Shred un-needed personal papers
- Have newspapers and mail picked up by a trusted neighbor or friend, lawns cut or snow removed when you are away from home
- Buy fake home security decals if you cannot afford a real system
- Install ‘dummy’ surveillance cameras if you do not wish to install the real ones
- Motion-censored lights outside your home are a great deterrent but make sure to hide the wiring
- Keep shrubs and trees trimmed so that doors and windows are in clear view for neighbors to see a potential break in.
- If you lose your keys, change the locks immediately
- Keep ladders and garbage pails locked up/ never leave then in the back or front yard
- Take your name off the mailbox/ your home. These days with Google and the Internet, it's very easy to find your phone number online, then the thief can call and see if you're home
- Even if you do not have a dog, put a sign up that says beware of dog to deter strangers from entering your property
- Always keeps tools locked up; these tools can be turned against you and used to break into your home
- Do not leave notes on your door that say ‘come around to the back’, ‘leave parcel at the door’ etc.
- Do not hide spare keys under your door mat, or mailbox
- Install a secure mailbox
Do not post on social media that you are going away and avoid posting vacation photos until you have returned home
Avoid being obvious when packing your car for a vacation
- Set a timer to switch various household lights/ sprinkler systems on at night and off in the morning
- If you frost or cover your garage windows, burglars won't be able to tell if your car is gone
- Make sure that all possible entrances to your house are locked properly
- Use a metal bar or piece of wood on sliding doors and windows to make prying them open difficult
- Leave a key without someone you trust
- Contact your alarm company and advise them you will be away
- Make sure trusted neighbors know you are going away and left with an emergency contact number
- A few dollars to a neighbor for yard maintenance can be money well spent
- Put your mail and newspaper deliveries on hold, but also arrange with someone to pick up any mail or newspapers that end up on your doorstep or in your mailbox
- In general, with the help of friends and neighbors try to avoid the appearance that no one is home.
- Keep up-to-date and organized with your company’s inventory records
- If you accept online payments or use the Internet to gather customer information, consider online authentication to decrease the threat of credit card fraud, advertising fraud, and more.
- Install security cameras: to prevent crime and help identify suspects if a crime happens
- Train employees to properly close the store
- Make sure that all outside entrances (including windows) and inside security doors are able to be secured, preferably with deadbolt locks and/or metal cages with locks
- Make sure the outside of your business is well lit and visible to pedestrians
- Consider installing covers over exterior lights and power sources to deter tampering
- Make sure that your entire sales floor can be easily viewed. Eliminate any blind spots that may hide a robbery in progress. Keep displays neat, and place small and valuable objects in cabinets. Ensure that your staff is familiar with all of the merchandise in the store
- Change locks if the keys are lost or not returned by a former employee
- Install an enunciator on entrances to alert you that someone has entered your store or office.
- Make bank deposits often and during business hours. But do not establish a regular pattern that a potential thief is able to follow
- Think before talking about the details of your job or working on sensitive projects in public places with strangers around
- Invest in a paper shredder or consider what is on a piece of paper before you toss it into the trash
- Get to know the people who operate other businesses in your area. Watch for suspicious activity and report it to the police immediately.
- After hours, do not work late alone. Create a buddy system for walking to parking lots or public transportation or ask security to escort you.
- Protecting your premises physically is a challenge in itself—but your online property is just as valuable. Consequently, given the growth of identity theft, it pays to invest in antivirus, anti-phishing, anti-spyware and a firewall protection to ensure that your network and your employee's personal information are secure.
Robbery Prevention Measures
Greet or assist each customer as they come into the store
If a person appears to be loitering in the store, ask them if they need any assistance
- Watch for suspicious loiterers outside, in cars, or on foot
- Be suspicious of persons asking about your security or cash handling system
- If you become concerned about a person or vehicle, note the description and contact police immediately
- Never count cash or open the safe in public view
- When possible, make bank deposits during banking hours and use an unmarked package to transport the money
- Keep sight lines in and out of the store clear by removing signs and displays from window areas
- Remove displays or stock that provide hiding spots in the store or around the exterior of the building
- Adequate lighting should be maintained both in and outside the business
- If your business is equipped with an alarm system, make certain that it is properly serviced and that all staff members are aware of how and when to use it
- Make sure employees are familiar with the use of the "panic" button of your alarm system, and with locking of doors
- Have all side or service doors locked at all times
During a Robbery
Keep any note that the robber passes to you and handle it by the edges only; to help with fingerprinting
- Make careful observation so you can describe the robber to police when they arrive (tattoos, hair color, build, clothing description, etc.)
- You do not know what type of concealed weapon the robber may have so do not argue or fight
- Always keep in mind the safety of you, your staff and your clients are the main priority
After a Robbery
- Promptly lock all doors to prevent the robber from getting back into the store
- Do not touch anything; to preserve evidence for the police
- Keep an eye on the suspects’ directions once they leave, in a safe and discreet manner
- Try to get the license plate number if fleeing in a vehicle
- Call the police immediately and follow all their directions
- Do not hang up on dispatch until the police officer arrives
- Ask any witnesses if they would be willing to talk to the police about the robbery
- Write down your observations of the suspect while fresh in your mind
- When talking to the police, do not exaggerate the story
If your vehicle is stolen, contact the police immediately and have the following information ready for when the officer arrives.
Reporting a Stolen Vehicle
- VIN - Vehicle Identification Number
- License Plate Number
- Insurance company
- Policy number
- Agent / Broker
- Telephone number
- Any distinguishing features (dents, scratches)
- Contents of the vehicle (stereo system, tools, personal possessions, etc.) and serial numbers
Park your vehicle in well-lit areas
Do not leave your vehicle idling and unattended
- Do not leave personal identification or valuables in the vehicle especially in plain view
- If you have a garage, use it. Lock both the vehicle and garage.
- Put bumper stickers on your car; make it easy identifiable.
- Always lock all doors and close all windows of your vehicle after entering and exiting
- Do not put your name or address on your keys - this can lead a thief to your house and your car.
- Keep your vehicle and house keys on a separate key ring