According to the National Crime Prevention Council, “Violence in the workplace takes many forms, from raised voices and profanity or sexual harassment to robbery or homicide. While homicide in the workplace is rising, 75 percent of work-related homicides are committed by unknown assailants while committing a robbery or other crimes. Despite media hype, the attacker usually isn’t a disgruntled coworker.” Read more
Securing your vehicle can be one of the most difficult jobs in your effort to protect your personal belongings. Theft of stereos and other valuables from cars is a prevalent crime during late night hours when most are asleep. However, burglary of vehicles is a crime of opportunity and can occur at any time. Read more
- Inform your neighbors of how long you expect to be away. Inform them if you will have a housesitter.
- Have a friend or neighbor pick up mail and/or deliveries. Make arrangements to have the lawn mowed and leaves picked up.
- Simulate a “lived-in” appearance by using timers to run lights and a radio on and off during expected hours.
According to the U. S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, the elderly, persons 65 or older, experienced less violence and fewer property crimes than younger persons. However, when compared with other age groups, the elderly were disproportionately affected by property crimes. More than 9 in 10 crimes against the elderly were property crimes, compared to fewer than 4 in 10 crimes against persons age 12 to 24. Read more
Running Can Be Fun, Healthful, & Safe When You Take Precautions
Runners, joggers and walkers need to be aware of certain crime prevention tips geared exclusively to them.
We need to remember is that none of us is immune to crime. Crime doesn’t always happen to the other guy. It could happen to you. By “being aware” the runner or walker can reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of an attack.
Many runners or walkers have the mistaken idea that because they usually do not carry large sums of money with them as they exercise, they are not likely candidates for an attack. Read more
This page of ideas is meant to help you strengthen your home security against common break-ins. These ideas will not guarantee 100% protection, but can help make your home into a castle. Read more
Most of us have been the victim of either a burglary or theft and have felt the emotional and financial effects of such property crime. Violent crimes such as murder, rape, assault and robbery have a much greater impact on our lifestyle. Our inherent fear of a violent confrontation causes most of us to make everyday decisions based on our personal safety. “Is this a safe Neighborhood?” or “Is it safe to take a walk at night” are frequent questions that reflect a concern that controls our behavior. How can we minimize our fear of violent crime? What steps can be taken to actually reduce our vulnerability to crime such as street robbery? The following will shed some light on these questions. Read more
American cities have been plagued by youth gangs since the late 1700’s. Until recently, it was always the “other” cities that had gangs. Unfortunately, this attitude has allowed gangs to grow to epidemic proportions and become entrenched in our communities, requiring a large dedication of money and personnel to be directed toward the problems. When gang activity is occurring in a city, the entire city is the victim. Not only is it a waste of one of the most precious resources that we have – our children – it also drains the community resources that could be directed to improving the quality of life, not just protecting it. Fort Worth is currently finding itself as such a victim. But, with community involvement, parental awareness and commitment to prevention, Fort Worth can make a difference for our children, and for ourselves. Read more
If You Will Be Away:
- Put a few houselights on an automatic timer.
- Ask a trusted neighbor to watch your home and pick up newspapers and mail.
If You Go Out For The Evening:
- Leave some lights on and turn on the TV or radio so it looks and sounds as though someone is home.
- Do not leave gifts noticeable from the outside.
- Keep blinds and curtains drawn.
If you choose to keep guns in your home, it is YOUR responsibility to learn how to use and store them appropriately.
Here are a few tips to remember:
- Talk to your child about guns. Discuss their uses and history. Answer all questions openly and honestly. By removing the mystery surrounding guns, your child may be far less curious about them, and more likely to follow safety rules.
- Educate yourself and family members in how to respect and use guns safely.
- With very small children in the home, store weapons so they are not accessible to untrained persons.
- Consider a trigger lock or other safety device for handguns.
- Keep ammunition securely stored where a child or any other unauthorized person cannot reach it.
- Tell children when they see a gun outside the home to… Do not touch the weapon. Run away. Tell an adult.