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Crime prevention tips offered by city police

Article Published 09/12/2007

LAYTON — Home is where your heart is. Or your hat. But most importantly, home should be where you feel safest.

That's why the Layton City Police Department is so dedicated in making the city a better and safer place to live and work. To accomplish this objective, cooperation from the community is paramount.

The following guidelines and quick tips are simple things residents can do to prevent crime, feel safer and help officers accomplish the goal of making the city the safest place around.

(Feel free to cut these tips out, share with family members and tape to the fridge!)

Make sure all doors to your home are closed and secure.
• More than 50 percent of recent residential burglaries in Layton involved an open garage or unlocked door.
• Residential burglaries occur in all areas of the city. Don't think it can't happen to you.
• Residential burglaries occur at all times of the day and night.

Lock your vehicles and do not leave valuables in plain view.
• Most vehicle burglaries do not involve forced entry.
• Never leave the keys inside your vehicle.
• Always lock the doors, even when you are only away from the vehicle for a short time.
• Remove valuable items (purses, CDs, cash, etc.) whenever possible. If you can’t take them out, lock them in the trunk or stow them somewhere out of view.
• Never leave purses or wallets inside your vehicle. Once a criminal gets your personal information, it's not long before you could become a victim of identity theft.

Take pride in your property and your community.
• Report graffiti immediately. Taggers want their work to be seen, do not give them the pleasure!
• Make sure you have adequate exterior lighting.
• Keep your yard nice. Criminals do not like clean and organized environments.
• Get to know your neighbors. Protect their property just as if it belonged to you.
• Report suspicious activity to police immediately. Dial 9-1-1 if it is an emergency, or (801) 497-8300 if it is not an emergency.
• Join your local neighborhood watch program! For information, call (801) 336-3486.