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Crime Prevention Tips For Community Style Living

June 26, 2015
Crime Prevention Tips for Condo Owners | Larlyn Property Management

ARE YOU RELYING ON OTHERS TO REPORT CRIMES IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

One of the biggest problems in a condo, apartment or town home community is that people think others are reporting crimes.  There is a presumption that reporting of a crime has been done by a neighbour, building staff or property manager.  Other times a crime goes unreported because people believe nothing will or can be done or perhaps due to a fear that insurance premiums may increase.  Unfortunately this contradicts the expectations of the police who count on residents to be their eyes and ears.  As a result, a majority of crimes go unreported which prevent police from being aware of and addressing crimes causing repeat offences.

Statistically, condos are less vulnerable to break-ins than other forms of housing.  However most of all break and enters are preventable.  Active participation is is always necessary to maintain security.

CRIME PREVENTION TIPS RECOMMENDED BY POLICE:

  • Do not allow trespassers to follow you through doorways
  • Do not circumvent security by preventing doors from locking.  Avoid placing door stops, stones or twigs in the door’s pathway to defeat an auto locking mechanism
  • Take pictures or video of valuables so they can be used as proof in the event of theft
  • Periodically change the location of stored valuables
  • Do not leave valuables visible to view in a vehicle
  • Use a chain to secure motorcycles and bicycles
  • Report ALL crimes to police
  • Take down license plate numbers of vehicles where the occupants are suspicious to you.  You can forward the information if an occurrence is reported to police officers