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Summer Safety Reminders

Summer Safety Reminders
Posted on 06/09/2022

While individuals and families are enjoying the summertime weather, so are thieves. According to statistics from the Bureau of Justice, the most common pattern for household property crimes is that victimization occurs at higher rates during summer compared to other seasons. Would-be thieves are on the lookout for easy targets.

Here are some important reminders to help you keep your summer safe and enjoyable.

Home Safety

  • Close and lock garage doors when not attended.
  • Roll up windows and lock vehicle doors. If you park in the driveway at night, bring your garage door opener inside with you.
  • Do not leave bikes unattended. Lock your bikes up or secure them in the garage.
  • Consider installing lighting, like motion lights, on your home’s exterior.
  • Make sure windows are closed and locked when unattended.

Vacation Safety

  • If you’re going on vacation, let your neighbors know and request extra patrols from the police department.
  • Stop your mail and newspaper delivery or have a neighbor/friend/family member retrieve it for you.
  • Set lights on timers inside your home to create the appearance of activity.
  • Do not discuss your vacation plans on social media.
  • Ensure your home, garage and vehicles are locked up securely before leaving.

Vehicle Safety

  • Always lock your doors and roll up windows when you leave your vehicle.
  • Never leave valuables in your vehicle. If you must leave them, secure them out of sight or in the trunk.
  • Never leave your car running while unattended – even if it’s just a quick run into the house or the store.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Never leave a child alone in a vehicle.

General Safety

  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Always secure personal belongings, especially in busy/crowded areas.
  • Be a good neighbor – look out for and check in on one another.

Remember, if you see something, say something! Call 911 to reach the New Hope Police Department when you need help or to offer information about suspicious activity. Even if you don’t believe it’s an emergency, calling 911 is the most effective way to reach someone from the department to assist you.

For questions specific to crime prevention, contact Community Relations and Crime Prevention Officer Brad Kallio at [email protected] or by calling 763.398.1229.

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