Crime Prevention Tips
Release Date: April 23, 2015
CRIME PREVENTION TIPS -- HOW TO SUBMIT ANONYMOUS CRIME TIPS TO THE RYE BROOK POLICE DEPARTMENT
To send a crime tip anonymously via text message to the Rye Brook Police Department, text the keyword RYEBROOK and your message to 847411.
Anonymous crime tips can also be sent from your web browser to the Rye Brook Police Department by going to http://www.citizenobserver.com/cov6/app/webTipForm.html?id=10817
Protect your home against burglaries
The risk of being burglarized can be greatly reduced by taking simple steps to make your home more difficult to enter and less enticing to would-be burglars. Remember the greatest weapons in the fight to prevent burglaries are light, time and noise.
Make sure that exterior lights are mounted out of reach, so that burglars can't easily unscrew bulbs. Consider buying motion-sensitive lights. Use a variable light timer to activate lights inside your home. Trim trees and shrubs near doors and windows so burglars can't hide in the shadows.
Make it time-consuming for a burglar to break into your home by installing deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
Installing double key locks in doors which contain glass, this will keep a burglar from being able to open the door simply by breaking the glass and reaching through. (Note: so that everyone in the house can get out in the event of a fire, be sure to keep the key in designated place). Place additional locks on all windows and patio doors.
If you have a dog, consider having someone care for your dog in your home while you're away, instead of boarding them. Even a small dog creates a disturbance that burglars would prefer to avoid.
Arm your alarm system when you are not at home. Make sure that your alarm is connected to an alarm station that will contact the police if the alarm is activated. An alarm will also alert your neighbors of a burglar's presence. Don't forget to register your alarm with the Rye Brook Police Department.
Just in Case...
Sometimes, all your efforts won't stop a determined burglar. It's wise to take some precautions that will help you get your property back should a criminal successfully break into your home.
Make a list of your belongings (be sure to keep receipts, especially for expensive items like stereos and computers). Be sure to update this list periodically.
Keep copies of your inventory list and receipts in a safe deposit box or with a friend. (This is also important in the event of a house fire.)
Photographing and/or videotaping your possessions are a convenient ways to keep a record of what you own.
Engrave your valuables with an identification or mark to deter burglary and to prove ownership should the article be stolen and recovered by the police.
Be sure you have adequate insurance coverage. You may need to purchase additional insurance coverage to protect special items like expensive jewelry or rare antiques.
If you don't own your home, seriously consider buying a renter's insurance policy. Your landlord will generally not be responsible for your possessions. Rental coverage is available at competitive rates and these policies also offer important protection against liability and losses due to fire or storm damage.
Also remember to protect your car. Larcenies from cars typically involve the removal of small but valuable items -- purses, wallets and cell phones -- from vehicles parked at night in residential driveways or in the street.
Many times the cars that are broken into are left unlocked.
Please do not leave valuables in your car. It only takes a minute for your purse, wallet, cell phone or other personal belongings to fall into the hands of a thief. If you must leave items in your car, please secure them out of sight in the trunk.
We recommend that you always lock your car, especially if it contains an automatic garage door opener that can provide access to your house.
Most importantly, if you hear or observe suspicious activity, please notify the police immediately by dialing 911.
Finally, if you go away on vacation, please put your home on the Vacant House list with the Rye Brook Police Department by calling 914-937-1020. An officer will periodically check your home while you are away and in the event something is wrong, we can let you know.
Village of Rye Brook Police Department
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