BICYCLE SAFETY TIPS FOR KIDS
- Always wear a properly fitting helmet.
- Stop and look in all directions for traffic.
- Obey traffic signs and signals.
- Ride on the right-hand side of the street (with traffic).
- Wear light or bright colored clothing.
- Avoid loose-fitting pants.
- Do not ride at night.
- Never let strangers into your home.
- Do not give out personal information over the phone.
- Look inside your vehicle before getting into it.
- Do not go home if being followed. Drive to a police station or well-populated area and ask for help.
- Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
- Never put your purse or wallet on the counter or leave it in a shopping cart while examining merchandise.
- Always put your purse over your shoulder. Never hold it just by the strap.
- Do not be conned. If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. Never send money for a chance to win something or obtain merchandise you did not order.
- Entry doors should have deadbolt locks with at least a 1” throw.
- Basement windows should be permanently secured unless used as an emergency exit.
- Garage doors should always be closed and locked.
- Keep shrubbery trimmed away from windows and doors. These allow for concealment of intruders.
- Record serial numbers for items in your home and garage when possible in case of theft. It is a good idea to make a video recording or take photographs of all items of value.
- Marking stereos, televisions, tools etc. with your driver’s license number helps identify property if it is stolen. ***
- Make sure you take the car keys with you when you exit your car.
- Never leave valuables in your car in plain view. If you must leave items in your car, lock them in the trunk.
- Do not leave your vehicle running with keys in the ignition when you are away from the vehicle.
- Keep bikes locked when not using them.
- Make sure bikes are registered (the Police Department issues bike licenses).
***Engravers are available at the Police Department for resident’s use.
VACATION SECURITY PRACTICES
- Make your home look as normal as possible.
- Keep shades in daytime position (this allows police to see in).
- Put lights, both interior and exterior, on timers when possible.
- Have your mail and newspapers picked up.
- Keep grass cut/driveway shoveled.
- Put your home on the police vacation house checklist.
- Unplug all unnecessary electrical items.
- Turn down volume on telephone and answering machine.
WALKING SAFETY TIPS
- Always walk on sidewalks when available or on the left-hand side of the road (facing traffic).
- Wear bright or light colored clothing.
- At night wear clothing with reflective stripes or patches.
- Always carry some form of identification in case of accident or emergency.
- Always walk or jog in pairs at night or after dark.
- Follow all traffic signals and safety rules. They are there for your protection.
- When walking or jogging with headphones, always be aware of your surroundings.