Now that the lazy days of summer are over, it is time to think about how the changing seasons can change the direction of crime. With fall and winter comes more darkness and more activities after dark. Here are some crime prevention strategies to consider:
Don’t return home to a dark house. Put exterior and interior lights on timers.
Trim landscaping to aid visibility. Earlier dusk means more shadows and less visibility. Trim bushes, trees and other landscaping to reduce hiding places and shadows, and to increase the ability to see and be seen.
Solicitors after dark? Don’t open the door to a stranger—day or night. Say “no thank you” through the door and keep an eye on them. If they don’t move on, call the police department.
Change your outdoor exercise routine. If it is no longer light when you go out to jog or walk, consider some options:
There is safety in numbers. Walk or jog with a friend.
Always carry your phone. Let someone know where you are going and when you will be back.
Use the well-traveled path. Walk or jog in well-lit areas of activity.
Always be aware of what is going on around you. If you don’t like what you see, take a different path.
Don’t let headphones prevent you from hearing what is going on. Stay alert.
Be visible. Wear reflective clothing.
Out and about? Park your car as close to your destination as possible, under a light and remove all personal property. If you cannot take it with you, leave it at home.
Make sure your car is in good repair. If we get a rainy season, tire tread is the key to safety. Always use your headlights in the rain.
Remove distractions while driving. Be aware of neighbors out for a jog or children headed to the bus stop in limited light.
Leaving work after dark? Walk out with others and make sure everyone gets to their car safely. If co-workers are not around, call security for an escort. Call a spouse or friend on the phone and have them talk to you as you walk out to ensure you get going safely. Park under a light so you can see what is around your car. Have you keys ready and not at the bottom of a purse.
With fall and winter comes the excitement of change and new seasons. Keep the excitement alive by being aware and reducing your risk of crime. A safe and secure community takes teamwork. Thank for being part of our team.