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Tips for Having a Crime Free Summer

Summer means a break from school and a chance to take a vacation - unfortunately, summer also provides opportunities for criminal activity in our neighborhoods. You can decrease the chance of becoming a victim this summer by following these tips:

-Install lighting, such as motion lights or dusk to dawn detector lights, on your home's exterior

-Trim shrubbery around your home to eliminate hiding places

-Do not leave bikes unattended. Lock your bikes, even if you are going to be away for only a few moments

-Be aware of your surroundings and those around you when you walk, jog, or bike

- Before going on vacation, cancel all deliveries (mail, newspaper, etc.), have a trusted neighbor or friend collect them, or call your local post office to stop mail delivery until you get back.

- Do NOT post travel plans on any social media sites before, or while, you are on a trip

-Don’t leave your garage doors open or ajar for air circulation with no one around. Invest in a security door for your side garage door. Not only will this allow air into attached garages, but also adds an additional layer of security to your home. The harder it is for a criminal to get inside, the more likely they are to move on from your home

-Get to know your neighbors! Let a trusted neighbor know if you are planning to travel this summer. Neighbors who know each other look out for each other