CRIME PREVENTION THROUGH AWARNESS
The following information and security check list noted below were provided with the assistance of the Avon Police Department. Neither the Avenbury Lakes Homeowners Association nor the Avon Police Department has any liability to you in the completeness of or how you might utilize this information.
Recognizing Suspicious Activity
BE ALERT: Anything that seems slightly “out of place” or is occurring at an unusual time of the day could be criminal activity. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO APPREHEND A PERSON COMMITTING A CRIME OR INVESTIGATE A SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY. Call 911 if an emergency or the Avon Police Department non emergency number (440 934-1234) immediately, and do not worry about being embarrassed if your suspicions prove unfounded. Law enforcement officers would rather investigate than be called when it is too late.
The following incidents MAY indicate possible criminal activity and should be reported:
•Continuous repair operations in a driveway or visitors parking area •Open or broken doors or windows at an unoccupied resident •Unusual noises, such as loud bangs, screams or dogs barking continuously •Sounds of breaking glass •A person exhibiting unusual mental or physical symptoms
Time and accuracy are critical in reporting criminal or suspicious events. Use your law enforcement agency’s emergency number to report life-threatening incidents or a crime in progress, and use the non-emergency number for crimes that have already occurred. Your call could save a life, prevent an injury, or stop a crime. You do not need to give your name, although this is often very helpful.
Obviously, not every stranger who comes into a neighborhood is a criminal. Legitimate door-to-door sales and repair people appear in residential areas frequently. Occasionally, however, criminals disguise themselves as these workers; therefore, it is important to be alert to the activities of all nonresidents. Law enforcement officials should be called to investigate persons in the following circumstances, who may be suspects in the crimes indicated:
•Going door to door in a residential area, especially if one or more goes to the rear of a residence or loiters in front of an unoccupied house (burglary). •Forcing entrance or entering an unoccupied house (burglary, theft or trespassing). •Running, especially if carrying something of value or carrying unwrapped property at an unusual hour. (fleeing the scene of a crime). •Heavy traffic to and from a residence, particularly if it occurs on a daily basis. •Screaming. •Loitering around or peering into cars, especially in visitors parking or RV areas or on streets. •Loitering around the Lodge, Tennis Courts or Roost. •Offering items for sale at very low prices (trying to sell stolen property). •Loitering or driving through a neighborhood several times or appearing as a delivery person with a wrong address (burglary).
Vehicles in the following situations MAY be involved in crimes and should be reported to authorities:
•Slow moving, without lights, following aimless course in any direction, including residential streets, RV Parking Area, Lodge, Roost or Tennis Courts. •Parked or occupied, containing one or more persons, especially at an unusual hour (lookouts for a burglary). •Parked by an unoccupied residence, being loaded with valuables (burglary or theft). •Missing license plates or abandoned in your neighborhood. •Containing weapons. •Someone, especially a female or juvenile, being forced into a vehicle. •Business transactions taking place in it, especially in visitors parking, RV, Lodge, Tennis Courts or Roost parking areas. •Persons detaching mechanical parts or accessories from it (theft or vandalism). •Objects being thrown from it.
Describing and Reporting of Events, Vehicles and Persons
In attempting to describe events, vehicles, or persons, write down the details of what you have observed while they are still fresh in your mind, so your description to law enforcement officials will be as accurate as possible.
When describing events, write down:
•What happened? •When it happened. •Where it occurred (note the nearest cross street, home address, or landmark in relationship to the event). •Whether injuries are involved (be prepared to report visible or suspected personal injury – be as specific as possible – this could save a life). •Whether weapons are involved (this information, whether observed or suspected, is vital to responding officers).
When describing vehicles, write down:
•Vehicles license number and state, make and type of vehicle, color, and approximate age, •Special designs or unusual features, such as vinyl top, mag wheels, body damage, pinstripes, etc. •Direction of travel
In preparing descriptions of persons, it is important to write down the following:
•Sex •Race •Age •Height (estimate from eye contact level measured against your height). •Weight •Hair (color & length) •Hat •Facial Hair (beard and or mustache) •Shirt/tie •Coat/jacket •Trousers •Shoes •Any peculiar or distinguishable mannerisms, physical disabilities, disfigurations, scars or tattoos •Voice characteristics •Direction of movement
Home Security Check List
An important step in preventing home burglary and other crimes is to make sure that a residence is as secure as possible. Chances are good that home security can be improved. Take a hard look at entry points in your residence and determine what steps can reduce vulnerability. A security inspection begins at the front door and goes on to include side and rear doors, windows, locks, lights and landscaping. A careful inspection using the check list that follows can indicate features which would make entry easy – or difficult – for a prospective burglary.
1.Is door itself of metal or solid wood construction? 2.Is doorframe strong enough and tight enough to prevent forcing or spreading? 3.Are door hinges protected from removal from outside? 4.Are there windows in the door or within 40 inches of the locks? 5.Is door secured by a deadbolt with a minimum 1-inch throw? 6.Are strike and strike plates adequate and properly installed with 3-inch screws 7.If there are no windows in door, is there a wide-angle viewer or voice intercom device? 8.Can the lock mechanism be reached through a mail slot, delivery port or pet entrance at doorway? 9.Is there a screen or storm door with an adequate lock? 10.Is exterior or front entrance lighted with at least a 40-watt light? 11.Can front entrance be observed from street or public areas? 12.Does porch or landscaping offer concealment from view from street or public areas?
Side or Rear Entrance
13.Is door itself of metal or solid wood construction? 14.Is doorframe strong enough and tight enough to prevent forcing or spreading? 15.Are door hinges protected from removal from outside? 16.Are there windows in the door or within 40 inches of the locks? 17.Is door secured by a deadbolt with a minimum 1-inch throw? 18.Are strike and strike plates adequate and properly installed with 3-inch screws 19.Can the lock mechanism be reached through a delivery port or pet entrance at doorway? 20.Is exterior entrance lighted with at least a 40-watt light? 21.Is doorway concealed from street or neighbors view by porch, fence, or landscaping? 22.Does doorway have screen or storm door with adequate lock? 23.If door is sliding glass door, is the sliding panel secured from being lifted out of the track? 24.Is a “charley-bar’ or key-operated lock used on sliding glass door?
Entrance from Garage and basement
25.Are all entrances to living quarters from garage and basement of metal or solid wood construction? 26.Does door from garage to living quarters have locks adequate for exterior entrance? 27.Does door from basement to living quarters have an adequate lock operated from living quarter’s side?
Ground Floor Windows
28.Do all windows have adequate locks in operating condition? 29.Do windows have screens or storm windows that lock from the inside? 30.Do any windows open onto areas that offer special risk to burglary? 31.If so, do all these windows have security screens or grills? 32.Are exterior areas of windows free from concealing structure or landscaping? 33.Is exterior adequately lighted at all window areas?
Basement Doors and Windows
34.Are all basement windows adequately secured against entrance?
Garage Doors and Windows
35.Is automobile entrance door to garage equipped with adequate locking device? 36.Is garage door kept closed and locked at all times/ 37.Are garage windows secured adequately for ground floor windows? 38.Is outside utility entrance to garage as secure as required for any ground floor entrance? 39.Are tools, ladders and other equipment kept in garage? 40.Are all garage doors lighted on the outside by at least a 40-watt bulb?