Summer means a break from school and a chance to take a vacation - unfortunately, summer also provides opportunities for criminal activity in your neighborhoods. You can decrease the chance of becoming a victim this summer by following these tips:
Install lighting, such as motion lights or dusk to dawn detector lights, on your home's exterior.
Trim shrubbery around your home to eliminate hiding places.
Be sure to lock the doors on the house and your car.
Do not leave valuables (purse, wallet, laptop, loose change, etc.) inside your car.
Do not leave bikes unattended. Lock your bikes, even if you are going to be away for only a few moments.
Be aware of your surroundings and those around you when you walk, jog, or bike.
Install a locking mailbox or ask a neighbor to pick up your mail when on vacation.
Get to know your neighbors! Let a trusted neighbor know if you are planning to travel this summer. Neighbors who know each other look out for each other.