Stay Vigilant to Prevent Crime

Every month the Laurel Greene, Clifton Chase, Epernay, and the Halloway developments see several burglaries of cars, garages, yards, and even homes. Making small efforts to help deter criminals can help us keep our neighborhoods crime-free.

We can help out our neighborhood and the police by leaving our porch lights on at night. Most crimes are crimes of opportunity and most criminals avoid detection in darker surroundings. Criminals typically bypass well-lit homes in favor of darker homes that appear to be unoccupied. Studies have shown that increased lighting can decrease crime by 20%. And leaving a standard, 60-watt, Incandescent bulb on every night costs you only $1.75 a month – Imagine if you replaced that 60-watt bulb with a Compact Florescent, it’d cost even less.

Other safety tips:
* Consider motion detector lights in the back of your house and possibly the driveway.
* If you discover a streetlight out, please report it via 311 immediately. Squeaky wheel gets the grease.
* Double check that your garage door is shut before you pull away when leaving home and before you go to bed.
* Report suspicious activity. When in doubt, call the police, 911.

You can track the crime in our area by visiting the following website: http://www.10tv.com/content/sections/local/crimetracker10/crime-map.html