CRIME PREVENTION TIPS PROVIDED BY HPD
Many Crimes Can Be Prevented If You:
- Trust Your Instincts.
-If you suspect something is wrong, or if a situation seems dangerous, you may be right!
-Don’t dismiss suspicious people, cars or situations. Report them immediately.
-Change direction if someone is following you on foot, cross the street and vary your pace.
If the person is in a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction.
- Avoid Dangerous Situations.
-When travelling, plan your route and know your environment.
-Don’t walk alone in isolated areas, be aware of surroundings, especially when using earphones.
-Carry personal alarms, whistles, keychain lights which can help attract attention
REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY AND PERSONS:
If someone you don’t know comes knocking on your door, let them know you are home but do not necessarily open the door. Criminals will sometimes knock on doors to see if anyone is home. If someone is home, they may pretend to be soliciting something or a service or pretend to be looking for someone they know does not live there. Get a good description of the person(s) and call 911.
BURGLARY PREVENTION TIPS:
Make your home look occupied. Leave some lights on when you go out. Keep your garage door closed and locked. Do not allow mail and daily deliveries to build up. Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them if they appear old or damaged. Sliding doors are vulnerable, look into locks for better security.
DON’T TEMPT THIEVES:
Do not leave valuable equipment within plain view of streets and passersby. Have adequate lights or motion lights for the outside of your residence. Trim trees and shrubs so they cannot be used as hiding places.
Remember to set your home alarm if you have one even if only leaving for short periods of time, it only takes thieves seconds to get into an unsecured home.
UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY INTO MOTOR VEHICLE PREVENTION-(THEFT FROM VEHICLE)
A UEMV, most commonly known as a vehicle break in occurs daily within our district. UEMV’s happen at the beach parks, shopping centers, business establishments, along roadways and next to our homes. Here a few tips to avoid falling victim to a vehicle break in:
- Do not leave valuables in unattended parked vehicles. The items attract criminals if seen.
- Vehicle alarms are a good deterrent to UEMV’s. Criminals don’t want attention.
- When going to any of the beaches on Oahu, try to park close enough to hear and see your vehicle.
- Call 911 to report suspicious people or activities when driving or walking in parking areas.
- Remember to lock your doors.
Neighborhood Security Watch
The Neighborhood Security Watch (NSW) program is sponsored by the Honolulu Police Department and involves both police and citizen participation. The primary goals of the program are to support communities through neighborhood security watches, reduce crime and increase police and citizen partnerships. NSW programs are an effective way to decrease crime in your neighborhood. NSW program members work directly with beat officers, the district resource officer, and various community members in working towards building a safer community.
If you are interested in starting an NSW program in your area please contact the Community Policing Team at 723-8411.
Tips from APN Alarm Owner Steve Van Ness
1. Keep your bushes, hedges, and greenery below your windows so that a burgular cannot hide behind them to break into your house.
2. Have someone when you’re out of town, get your mail and newspapers that can pile up to make it look like you are still home.
3. Dogs around the house that will make noise are also a good to keep the burgulars away.
4. Adding longer screws for deadbolts on your doors as well as additional security locks for your windows make it harder to break into.
5. Installing security alarm system and cameras are without question, the most effective thing you can do to protect your home and family.