Parked, occupied vehicles containing one or more persons are
especially significant if observed at an unusual hour. They could be
possible lookouts for a burglary in progress, even if the occupants
appear to be lovers.
Any vehicle moving slowly and without lights or following a
course that appears aimless or repetitive is suspicious. Occupants
may be casing places to rob or burglarize.
Apparent business transactions conducted from a vehicle,
especially around schools or parks and if juveniles are involved,
could mean drug sales.
Persons being forced into vehicles -- especially if they are
juveniles or females -- may mean a kidnapping. Record the license
plates and call police.
An abandoned vehicle parked on your block may be stolen. Contact
parking control with a license plate number.
Place gravel outside windows where you’re concerned about
prowlers. The noise of someone stepping on it will serve to alert
Seemingly innocent activities may be crimes in progress. Be a good
neighbor -- be observant and watch for unusual activity.
A home window with a
small break in it may mean a burglary has occurred. Call the
A stranger entering your neighbor’s house when you know it to be
unoccupied may be a burglar.
A scream heard anywhere may mean robbery or rape. Be observant and
Anyone removing accessories, license plates or gasoline from a car
should be reported.
Anyone peering into parked cars may be looking for a car to steal
or for valuables left displayed in the car.
Persons entering or leaving a business place after hours could be
burglars. Safely try to note any vehicles involved and call police.
The sound of breaking glass or other loud explosive noises could
mean an accident, housebreaking or vandalizing.
Persons loitering around schools, parks, secluded areas or in the
neighborhood could be sex offenders.
Nearly half of the burglaries committed are without force, that
is, through unlocked doors and windows.
Always lock your doors and windows, even when leaving for “just a
minute” or when working in your own back yard.
Whenever you move to a new home, have the locks changed.
If strangers telephone or come to your door, don’t admit you are
Don’t let any stranger into your home -- no matter what the reason
or how dire the emergency is supposed to be. Make the emergency phone
call while they wait outside.
If you live in an apartment, avoid being in the laundry room or
garage by yourself, especially at night.