PREVENTING THEFTS FROM VEHICLES:
- Install a vehicle alarm or mechanical lock for the steering wheel or ignition.
- Always lock the doors and leave the windows rolled up.
- Always activate any auto alarms or anti-theft devices.
- Keep ipads, ipods, cds, cameras, money and other valuables out of sight. Expensive items invite theft and advertising what you have in plain view will make you a victim.
- Place valuable items in your trunk not the front or back seats.
- Know the license number, year, make and model of your vehicle.
- Do not leave money, checkbooks, or credit cards in the vehicle at any time.
PREVENTING BICYCLE THEFT
- Keep bicycles locked any time they are unattended with a good "U" type lock. Second choice would be a good casehardened padlock and cable. Be sure the "U" lock or cable goes through the front wheel, rear wheel and the frame, and secure it to a fixed object.
- Check the lock by pulling on it to make sure it is secure.
- Use an engraver to place an identifying mark on unpainted major bicycle components.
- Be sure to retain all evidence of purchase, including the serial number.
- Be able to identify the bicycle not only by its color, but also by its features.
- Have one or more close up color photographs of the bicycle on hand.
- Register the bicycle in the Department of Public Safety/County Police registration program.
- Never loan your bicycle or other property to strangers.
- Try to avoid parking a bicycle in a deserted or poorly lit area.
PREVENTING THEFTS FROM OFFICES
- Don't become complacent. Be aware! Be attentive.
- Don't showcase your office.
- Close and lock your office when it is not occupied. It only takes seconds for a thief to notice an unoccupied office, walk in and take something.
- Lock your desk, file cabinet, locker, etc.
- Don't leave your purse in that last or bottom drawer of your desk (thieves know it's there).