Whether you are an active participant of the Tower Grove East Neighborhood Ownership Model (TGE NOM) or not, there are simple things you can do to reduce your risk of being a victim of crime. In fact you can help make a safer Tower Grove East just by knowing your neighbors, being aware, and taking simple crime prevention steps.
Preventing Crime at Home
- Make sure your street address number is clearly visible from the front of your house and in the alley, especially at night in case you require police service.
- Illuminate your residence at night and regularly replace bulbs. Use timers and motion detectors if possible.
- If you are going out of town, stop mail and newspaper deliveries or have a trusted neighbor of friend pick them up in order to avoid the appearance you are out of town.
- Consider getting a home security survey done by our wonderful 3rd district police officers. An officer will stop by your home or business to provide advice on how to reduce your risk of becoming a victim. To schedule an appointment, contact Officer Patrick Clancy at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can all prevent many crimes from happening if we become aware of things that can easily and affordably be corrected.
- AC units make a prime target for scrappers. Although this can happen year round. AC units are particularly prone to theft during winter months when the ac unit isn’t in use. They will trash the AC units to remove copper coils, worth a few bucks in scrap. It is really recommend you purchase and install a metal cage to put over your ac units with a heavy duty outdoor padlock to lock the lid in place.
Preventing Auto-Related Crime
- Don’t leave loose change or valuables visible in your vehicle.- If possible take them with you or at least lock them in your trunk.
- On Cold winter days it is tempting to leave the car running to warm it up. Please don’t you may not have a car to go back out to.
- Keep you cars doors locked and windows rolled up whenever your car is parked.
- Use steering wheel locks! A ‘would be’ thief will pass a car with a steering wheel lock for a car that is easier to steal. Steering wheel locks can be purchased at an excellent price from the 5 Star Senior Center, across from Kutis funeral home. Older vehicles (>10 years)
- The theft of automobile wheels has recently been on the rise. This can easily be deterred with the use of locking wheel nuts. You only need to buy a single set of locking nuts – one for each wheel. The specific nut used may vary with the model of your vehicle so be sure you are buying the right ones!. Use these wheel locks on the spare wheel on your 4×4 and jeeps also.
- Consider installing a car alarm and make sure it is set when leaving your vehicle.
- Know the license number, year, make and model of your vehicle at any time.
Preventing Garage Crime
- If you must keep items in your garage other than your vehicle, please consider bolting them to the floor or to a wall, and using a heavy duty chain.
- Consider buying a UV pen (visible under a black light) and mark anything left in the garage with an ID code that you can remember. All police officers carry a black light on their key chain and it will help to identify when someone is carrying your tools they shouldn’t be. It will also aid in recovery and identification if your items show up in the police evidence locker.
- Add a bright motion-activated light to both the inside and outside of your garage.
- Check that the automatic garage door is closed when you are coming and going, to prevent unwanted people from sneaking in.
Preventing Bicycle Theft
- Keep bicycles locked any time they are unattended with a good “U” type lock. Second choice would be a good casehardened padlock and cable. Be sure the “U” lock or cable goes through the front wheel, rear wheel and the frame, and secure it to a fixed object.
- Check the lock by pulling on it to make sure it is secure.
- Be sure to retain all evidence of purchase, including serial number.
- Use an engraver to place an identifying mark on unpainted major bicycle components.
- Have one or more close up color photographs of the bicycle on hand.
- Be able to identify the bicycle not only by its color, but also by its features
- Try to avoid parking a bicycle in deserted or poorly lit areas.
- The SLMPD offers a bicycle registration program called B.A.S.T where you can register your bicycle with the police department and they give you a sticker to place on your bike. This will raise suspicion of anyone approached in the event the bike is stolen and an attempt is made to resell it. It will also aid in getting the bike back to you when it is stolen and recovered. Be on the lookout for BAST events.
- Don’t walk or jog early in the morning or late at night when the streets are deserted.
- When out at night, try to have a friend walk with you..
- Carry only the money you’ll need on a particular day.
- Don’t display your cash or any other inviting targets such as pagers, cell phones, hand-held electronic games, or expensive jewelry and clothing.
- If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. If the person continues to follow you, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant or a lighted house. Don’t be afraid to yell for help or use a personal safety whistle.
- Try to park in well-lighted areas with good visibility and close to walkways, stores, and people.
- Make sure you have your key out as you approach your door.
- Always lock your car, even if it’s in your own driveway; never leave your motor running.
- Do everything you can to keep a stranger from getting into your car or to keep a stranger from forcing you into his or her car.
- If a dating partner has abused you, do not meet him or her alone. Do not let him or her in your home or car when you are alone.
- If you are a battered spouse, call the police immediately. Assault is a crime, whether committed by a stranger or your spouse or any other family member. If you believe that you and your children are in danger, call a crisis hotline or a health center (the police can also make a referral) and leave immediately.
- If someone tries to rob you, give up your property—don’t give up your life.
- If you are robbed or assaulted, report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately starting with their shoes and work your way up. Your actions can help prevent someone else from becoming a victim.