New Castle County Police Presents Burglary Prevention/Personal Safety Seminar Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 6:30 p.m

New Castle County Police Presents

Burglary Prevention/Personal Safety Seminar

The New Castle County Police will be hosting a Burglary Prevention/Personal Safety seminar on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 6:30 p.m., at the Paul J. Sweeney Public Safety Building, 3601 North Dupont Highway, New Castle, DE.  It will be located in the first floor community conference room.

Residential burglaries continue to rise and significantly impact the quality of life of homeowners who are violated by intruders.  Recognizing the alarming increase in burglaries throughout New Castle County and the importance of our citizens individual well-being, officers from the departments Community Services Unit, will be holding this event in the hopes of educating residents regarding prevention measures and personal safety.

This prevention-based seminar will stress awareness, emphasize personal safety, and educate the public on how to identify needed home security measures through a variety of topics such as: how to prevent break-ins, disrupting the planning stages, what to look for, what to do if victimized, and much more.

If you have any questions relating to the presentation please contact Senior Sergeant Joseph Meriggi of the New Castle County Police Community Services Unit at (302)-395-8051 or send him an email at jmeriggi@nccde.org.

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Contact Information
Contact Name:    Senior Sergeant Joseph Meriggi      Contact Name:    NCCPD

Contact Email:    jmeriggi@nccde.org  

Contact Phone:    302-395-8051    Contact Phone:     302-395-8172

Personal Safety Tips
  • A high percentage our residential burglaries are to homes with unlocked doors, open garages leading to an unlocked door, etc.
  • Keep all doors locked – car, house, etc
  • Walk confidently, frequently scanning your surroundings, even looking
    behind you.
  • Scan the environment before you put yourself in it! Prior to leaving your house, before you walk out of the store, mall, etc.
  • Avoid distractions – i.e. when using an IPOD, keep only one earphone in, keep volume down. Always stay alert when texting or talking on your cell phone.
  • Develop a Plan if you are confronted and practice (have a Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, etc.)
  • Report, Report, Report – call the police to report suspicious person (s), vehicle (s), activity. Better safe than sorry.
  • Be a good witness – report a suspected altercation to police and remain in contact with 9-1-1 until no longer needed.
  • Join your community’s block or community watch or call the Community Services Unit at 395-8050 to get one started.
  • Always identify escape routes – while walking, driving and while inside an establishment. 

Burglary Prevention Tips
Residential burglaries continue to rise and significantly impact the quality of life of homeowners who are violated by intruders. Physically securing your home is usually one of the least expensive and most effective burglary prevention measures. Over the years, the police department has pleaded with residents to secure their homes, cars, sheds and any other locations where valuables are kept. Once again, we would like to remind the public of the importance of securing your valuables.
  • Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
  • Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to
    bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
  • Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked.
  • Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to collect them.
  • Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
  • Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
  • Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
  • Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security .
  • Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.
  • Lawn mowers, snow blowers, barbecues and bicycles are best stored out of sight.
  • Always lock your garden sheds and garages.
  • Use curtains on garage and basement windows.
  • Never leave notes on your door such as "Gone shopping."
  • No lock, regardless of its quality, can be truly effective. Key-in dead bolt locks provide minimum security. Ask a locksmith for advice on your situation.
  • Change locks immediately if your keys are lost or stolen.
  • When moving into a new home, have all locks changed.
  • Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.
  • Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.
  • Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.
  • An alarm system is excellent for home security. It provides peace of mind to homeowners, especially while on vacation. There is a wide variety of alarm systems on the market.
  • Make several inquiries to different companies for the best security system available to you.
  • Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other "secret" hiding places -- burglars know where to look for hidden keys.
  • Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and original value, and serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from home -- this is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
  • Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 911 immediately.

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