“MORE OF THE SAME ABOUT CRIME PREVENTION”
By Lt. Shawn Horton
Layton Police Department
With spring here and the summer months rapidly approaching, it’s time again to talk about crime prevention. More people are out and about as the days get warmer and longer, and we typically see an increase in property crimes in Layton during the spring and summer months.
I have read my fair share of crime prevention articles. Most of them were very well written, and many of them contain much of the same information. The reason for this is simple; crime prevention is not complicated.
There is not an advanced algorithm we need to figure out in order to reduce the risk of being the victim of a crime. This is especially the case with property crimes.
The “Crime Triangle” is a tried and true concept of describing what needs to exist for crime to occur, and how it can be prevented.
Focus on taking away the opportunity and the target. For example, lock the doors to your vehicle and your home. Don’t leave valuables or personal identifying information inside your vehicle, especially in plain view.
If you have a garage, consider parking your vehicle in the garage and closing the garage door. If you have exterior lighting around your home, consider leaving them on at night. The newer energy efficient bulbs cost very little to operate, and lighting is a proven crime deterrent.
And finally, don’t be that person with the “I don’t care, it’s not my problem” attitude. A neighborhood or apartment community with apathetic residents is a breeding ground for criminal activity.
These are some simple reminders from the Layton Police Department to the citizens we serve.