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These are the three elements needed to
commit a crime.
Crime prevention is by definition: “The anticipation, the recognition, and the appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of action
to remove or reduce it."
In order for a crime to be committed their must be 3 factors; the desire to commit the crime, the ability to commit the crime and the
opportunity to commit the crime.
All 3 factors must be present in order for a crime to be committed.
If one of the 3 factors is eliminated then you have prevented a crime from happening. As a citizen of a community the only factor that can be
controlled is opportunity.
If you take away a criminals OPPORTUNITY to commit a crime you
have just prevented a crime !
Holiday Crime Prevention Tips
Tis the season…
and crime increases !
Be ALERT and AWARE of your surroundings.
Pay attention to who is around you & what activities are happening. Don't leave the safety of a building or your vehicle until you have ensured all is secure & safe.
Trust your instincts; if you feel uncomfortable with a place or person(s), get away.
Park in a well-lit area. /remember to lock your vehicle!!
Minimize the number of valuables left in your vehicle and keep valuables, electronics (including cell phones and DVDs), gifts and other "theft attractors" out of sight.
Protect your purse or wallet and clean out any unnecessary items before leaving home. Don't carry large amounts of cash or extra credit cards. Carry only those cards that you will need to use that day.
Keep a master list of all cards so if your wallet is stolen, they can be reported promptly to the appropriate banking facility.
Shop with a buddy ; there is safety in numbers.
Role-play with children about what should happen in the event you are separated.
Have your keys out and ready when you return to your vehicle.
Only make online purchases from trusted, secure websites. Look for "https" in the web address to verify security.
Carry your purse close to you, with the opening or flap towards your body. Never leave a purse unattended in a shopping cart.
Don't announce your new high-dollar purchases after the holidays. Break down the boxes of TVs, stereos, computers, etc. and turn them inside out before putting them in the trash.
After the holidays:
Pay close attention to bills and report any unauthorized charges.
Photograph and record the serial numbers of new items and add them to your inventory.