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Crime Prevention Tips

General Safety Tips

  • Locks on all outside entrances and inside security doors should be double cylinder deadbolts with movable collars that are recessed into the door.
  • Good visibility should be maintained through windows, and all expensive items should be removed from window displays during closed hours.
  • Alarm systems should be supplied by a licensed alarm company with a central monitoring station. 
  • Safe should be fire proof, burglar resistant, anchoored securely. Leave it open when it is empty.
  • Building exterior should be checked including roof, cellar, and walls. 
  • Always leave your home so that it looks occupied.
Vehicle Breaking and Entering Tips

  • Remove all valuables from your vehicle while unoccupied.
  • Lock your vehicle’s doors while unoccupied.
  • Have your vehicle parked in a well-lit area on your property. Motion detecting lights are a deterrent to someone attempting to break into a vehicle.
  • Install motion detecting surveillance cameras. There are relatively inexpensive cameras on the market that work well and could aid in the apprehension of a person committing a crime.
Be a great neighbor! Be aware of your surroundings and those of your neighbors and report suspicious activity to the police department in a timely manner. When in doubt, call the police. The New Bern Police Department would rather investigate a call and find that there was no criminal activity than to respond after the fact of a crime being committed