It’s the beginning of a new year, and many people have made some resolutions to improve their quality of life. This year, consider adding some crime prevention resolutions to your list.
If you are looking for ways to protect yourself from becoming a crime victim, then here are a few resolutions to consider.
Say to yourself, I resolve to:
• Reduce my chances of becoming a victim of a vehicle break-in.
Vehicle break-ins are a common crime with auto theft numbers even higher than in 2021. Remember: Do not leave valuables inside your car. Keep valuables out of your vehicle and out of sight. COVID-19 and Omicron do not stop car thieves. TAKE your valuables with you. LOCK your car and take your keys with you. DO NOT leave your keys in the car, even for a moment.
• Keep doors closed and locked, even when at home. It might seem nice to leave your doors open on a nice day, but thieves just love the easy access they get with an open, or even just an unlocked door. Simply getting into the habit of shuttering and locking your door behind you can prevent many problems. Not a habit now? Make it 1!
• Keep my garage door closed at all times when not in use. Anytime you are out of sight from the garage door, even if it's for a short time, close it. Otherwise, someone can easily slip into your garage or house without your knowledge.
• Be a good neighbor. If you see something suspicious in your neighborhood, call the police immediately. Join and become an active member of your neighborhood watch group. if you don't have a neighborhood watch group in your area, start one. Contact your West Valley LAPD senior lead officers (SLO). by working together with your neighbors and law enforcement you can help deter crime in your neighborhood.
• Ask for a valid ID or credential before letting anyone in my home that I don't know. Criminals are always looking for ways to gain entry into a home. If someone you don't know shows up to your home unexpectedly be suspicious.
If you are interested in finding out more about Neighborhood Watch, contact the LAPD West Valley Community Relations office. Call Sargeant Larry Martinez at (818)374-7682. Residents are also encouraged to attend LAPD West Valley community police Advisory Board meetings held monthly. At these meetings, you’ll and Neighborhood Watch leaders will have the opportunity to express your concerns and quality of life issues directly to LAPD West Valley Law Enforcement leaders and Officers who can offer resolutions and make timely decisions.
Criminals never rest. They are always out looking for their next victim. So, when you are making resolutions for 2022, don't forget to include some on crime prevention. By incorporating simple safety tips into your everyday routine, you will make crime prevention a part of your daily life.