Alameda crime stoppers
Crime rates in Alameda have been falling, and remain among the lowest in California. Part of the reason for falling crime rates is Alameda County’s Oakland PD’s Crime Prevention services. Residents can use the online reporting service to communicate with law enforcement about minor crimes like vandalism or theft. Suspected drug activity, illegal weapons and other crimes can be reported anonymously, making it safer for citizens to be the eyes and ears of Alameda County’s Police departments. The best crime stopping techniques rely on prevention. Some common-sense precautions can keep you and your family safer and make Alameda a crime-free place to live.
Theft is the most common crime reported in Alameda County. Thieves are often criminals of opportunity, picking up valuables that are left unguarded. Cars may be vandalized if a thief sees an unguarded purse, GPS, laptop or packages in plain view. Put valuables in the trunk, or remove them from the car to protect yourself.
Surprisingly, many vehicles stolen had the keys left inside. Never leave your keys in the car, and avoid leaving a key hidden in or around the car. A determined thief will find them. Never, under any circumstances, leave a car running, or leave children inside. At night, try to park in well-lit areas, and avoid approaching the car if suspicious people are nearby. It’s best to avoid driving alone at night if possible.
Your home is also a valuable asset that should be protected. It’s best to leave a spare key with a neighbor, and not hidden under the mat or anywhere else around the home. The “secret” key holders shaped like rocks aren’t so secret- thieves know about them too. To protect valuable possessions like laptops and stereo systems, consider having them engraved with your driver’s license number or California ID number. Photograph or take video of items that are difficult to engrave, both for proof of ownership if stolen items can be recovered, and for insurance purposes.
Don’t forget about windows when securing your home! All first-floor windows should be securely locked when you are not at home. Take a few minutes to walk around your home. Are windows obscured by heavy shrubbery? Hidden windows offer thieves an opportunity to break in unseen by neighbors. Be sure to let a trusted neighbor know if you’re going out of town, and ask them to pick up newspapers and bring in the mail. Newspapers piling up are a spotlight to thieves looking for unoccupied homes to target.
Taking a few simple precautions can help keep you, your home and possessions safe from crime in Alameda.