Warm Weather Crime Prevention Tips
from the Erie Police Department
As the days become warmer and longer, many people like to spend their evenings and weekends outside. Warmer weather brings some added risks which can be minimized or prevented with a couple of simple crime prevention tips. For instance did you know police departments often see an increase in burglaries during the spring and summer? During this time of year, residents often leave their garage doors, front doors and windows open. Items such as expensive bicycles, lawn mowers and other household items are attractive to burglars.
Here are several tips which will help you and your neighbors make your community safer:
Keep your garage door and any side entrance door to the garage closed and locked.
If you have an attached garage, keep the entry door from the garage to your home locked.
If you have windows that allow a view inside your garage, cover the windows.
Be a good neighbor. If you see a neighbor’s garage door open and unattended, let them know.
Bicycles are a favorite item stolen from garages. Keep your bicycle locked to a fixed object while in the garage. Record the serial number, makes, and color of your bicycle. If possible, store your bicycle with a wheel or seat removed from the frame.
Lock your car while in the garage and do not leave valuables in your car including keys.
Do not leave items like golf clubs and ski equipment in plain view from the street.
Report any suspicious activity. You can remain anonymous. In an emergency call 911, in Erie for a non-emergency, call 303-441-4444.
Did you know one of the most effective crime prevention programs is Neighborhood Watch? In simple terms, Neighborhood Watch is neighbors watching out for each other. If you are interested in creating a Neighborhood Watch block in your community, contact the Erie Police Department at 303-926-2800.
Be safe, have a great summer and contact the Erie Police Department if there is anything we can do to help you make your neighborhood safe and secure this season.
ERIE POLICE DEPARTMENT
1000 Telleen Avenue | P.O. Box 510
Erie, CO 80516
www.erieco.gov/police | 303-926-2800