Home Security & Crime Prevention
Story by: DEP MOB Staff
Crime and fear of crime are big problems that influence how you live. The most important resource we have in reducing these problems are neighbors working together to prevent crime. This makes it harder for crime to happen and reduces the chance for criminals to victimize you and your Family members.
Crime is a local problem and can best be deterred through locally organized groups of neighbors and residents within housing areas. Many communities have active "Neighborhood Watch" type mutual protection programs, where neighbors look out for each other's property and safety. Check with your military police to see if your community has such a program; if so, join up.
If not, start one. Get together with neighbors on your block, in surrounding streets or in your building (if in quarters, check with your building coordinator or village mayor). Start by sharing crime prevention information and by exchanging work and home telephone numbers with your closest neighbors. Keep them posted on your daily and vacation schedule and let them know about scheduled repairs or deliveries. If they spot suspicious people or vehicles around your home while you are gone, they will know something is wrong and will then call the military police or the local police.
Crime Prevention Tips...
If your spouse is deployed "Don't advertise it." This alerts everyone that your spouse will be away for an extended period of time. Always lock your doors, even if you are only going out for just a few minutes. In addition to the front and rear doors, keep your garage, cellar, patio, storage areas and mud rooms locked. Periodically check them.
If you live in government housing, are the doors to your stairwell secured? If so, are they consistently kept locked? If not, contact your building coordinator. Ask a neighbor to collect any mail, flyers, and newspapers, so they will not pile up outside your box or in your mailbox. Stop deliveries until you return. Be cautious of door-to-door sales people and other solicitors. If possible, conduct the conversation at the door. Be cautious whom you invite into your house and if you invite a solicitor in, do not leave him/her alone in a room. Keep telephone numbers of your military police, city police and ambulance next to your phone. Familiarize yourself with unit, community and local emergency reporting procedures, such as: calling for police assistance, obtaining emergency medical help (especially the times to call the proper medical help), 911, etc. Report suspicious persons or activities immediately to military police or local police authorities. Be especially cautious during special activities in your neighborhood.
Tell your children to never admit being home alone on the telephone or to someone at the door. Teach them to say: "Mom or Dad can't come to the phone and will call back."
Teach children how to contact the police or a neighbor; make sure they know their home address and telephone number. Screen repair persons and solicitors to ensure their visit is legitimate. If possible, install a peephole in your door; if not, use a window.
Remember that disguises and uniforms are easily obtained. Before you let workers into your home, make sure there is a legitimate need and check their credentials. Call their firm/organization that they claim to represent to verify their identities.
If you suspect/detect someone observing your home/activities or that of your neighbors, report it immediately to the police.
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