Our Neighborhood Watch Committee worked with the city to installed six neighborhood watch signs at key entry points to our area. The signs were installed on April 18, 2014 and funded from TLHOA dues. The Committee hopes these signs will remind us that our neighborhood's best defense against crime is by neighbors watching out for neighbors.
Below are links to the Neighborhood Watch Guidebook and the Home Safety Handbook provide by the San Rafael Police to assist with homes security options and advice. Note we advises that neighbors should get to know each other, take the time to watch out for each other, and work together in a program of mutual assistance.
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Here are a few safety tips to try and prevent you from becoming a victim of a burglary or theft. You can also go to the San Rafael Police Department webpage at http://www.srpd.org/beinformed/ for a more thorough checklist.
1) Before leaving for the day ensure all doors and windows are locked and secured
2) Before going to bed at night make sure the garage door is shut and that all main access doors are locked.
3) Ensure that vegetation surrounding the house is cut back so that windows and doors can be seen from the street or easily
seen once an officer is in the back yard.
4) Motion lights are a great idea.
5) Lock all valuables inside a secure container, a safe or something similar, that has been securely fastened to the floor, wall
or heavy duty shelf.
6) Remain vigilant and contribute to the neighborhood watch program.
7) Report any suspicious activity to the SRPD. Provide as much detail as possible such as a license plate or suspect
8) Lock you car doors and don’t leave anything valuable in the car. Remove garage door opener from the car.
9) Consider an alarm.
For Your Information - Ten Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You
Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, and Kentucky shared their personal knowledge with security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs http://www.crimedoctor.com/ and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book “Burglars on the Job”.
1. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
2. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.
3. I always knock first. If you answer, I'll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don't take me up on it.)
4. Here's a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.
5. You're right: I won't have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with me.
6. I'll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he'll stop what he's doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn't hear it again, he'll just go back to what he was doing. It's human nature.
7. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for an alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
8. I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you're home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I'd like. I'll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.
9. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier than you think to look up your address.
10. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it's an invitation.