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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Officer Kirton - Tips on crime prevention

From: NOLA Info
To: NOLAReady
Subject: Important Alert from NOLA Ready
Date: Dec 23, 2010 1:09 PM
Hello Everyone,

Recently I have received inquires from many of you concerning steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of crime. The areas I would like to focus on are auto and home burglaries.

There are many things you can do to help prevent your home from being burglarized.

I suggest the following:

- When leaving your residence make certain the doors and windows are locked. (Many people forget this very simple action)

- Examine the foliage around your home. You should consider cutting back any shrubbery or tree limbs that may obstruct the view from the street or any that may offer a hiding place or any that may be used as an avenue into a window. You should be able to easily see the street and anyone passing on the sidewalk in front of your home.

- Make agreements with your neighbors to watch out for each others homes.

- Let a neighbor know when you are going to be away from home. (Even if you are just going for a night out)

- Report any suspicious persons whom may be hanging around in the area.

- Asses your outside lighting situation. The better lighting you have the less likely a criminal will target your home. (Remember better doesn't necessarily mean brighter. Reduce GLARE as well as shadows and consider motion sensor lights. There are great solar powered motion sensor lights available at LOWE'S)

- Always communicate with your neighbors. One of the benefits of a neighborhood organization is that it's easier to get to know your neighbors. NorthWest Carrollton neighborhood meetings will re-start in the new year.)

- Do not hesitate to call the police if you see what you think is suspicious activity. You are not wasting our time.

- Also, please remember, you should never advertise a new purchase by placing the box or carton it came in out for garbage pick up. This is as good as an invitation to thieves to break into your home and help themselves. If you have a large purchase being delivered, ask that the delivery persons remove the carton or box it was delivered in. For smaller purchases, which you carried out of the store, try to break the carton or box into smaller pieces then place them in dark garbage bags.

There are also steps you can take to help prevent your vehicle from being burglarized.

I have learned from speaking with many of you that some of you have been convinced that leaving your cars or trucks unlocked is a good idea. This is untrue. Most car burglars will not draw attention to themselves by smashing a window. They generally pick their targets by simply pulling on the door handle to see if it opens. If not, they usually move on to something easier. (Door left unlocked)

With that said, please keep in mind, in addition to locking your car doors you must not leave valuable items in plain sight (lap tops, GPS, guns, purses, cameras, cash, shopping bags, etc). Seeing these items will make a thief take a chance on smashing the window.

While no system is fool proof, employing these steps should reduce your chances of being victimized.

Thank you,
Sergeant Robert W. Kirton, III
Community Outreach Coordinator
2nd District
4317 Magazine Street
NOLA 70115
Off. 658-6020
Cell. 239-0327

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