Theft is a crime of opportunity. Don’t give thieves the opportunity. Theft is the act of taking property belonging to another with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property. Shoplifting and pickpocketing are also forms of theft because items are taken without force.
To PREVENT theft:
- DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES UNATTENDED OR UNSECURED ON YOUR PROPERTY, IN YOUR VEHICLE, OR IN PUBLIC PLACES!
- Bicycles, laptops, purses, wallets, keys, or anything that may contain personal information.
- Keep valuables in your house, apartment, or garage LOCKED.
- Do not carry excessive amounts of cash or credit cards.
- DO NOT “flash” large amounts of cash or credit cards. Doing so may make you a target.
- Practice Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
- Keep all personal property locked up.
- Bicycles, lawn equipment, etc.
- Install bright lights or motion-censored lights on your property.
- Do not leave bicycles unattended or unlocked even if for only a few minutes.
- Know your neighbors!
- Keep a record of all serial numbers, makes, and models of property and store the records in a safe spot.