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Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Uses Alert to Share Home Safety Tips

 

Security Tips for Securing Your Home

 

Home security is always a priority. Here are some good Home Security Tips we found at Howstuffworks.com

1. Lock up your home, even if you go out only for a short time. Many burglars just walk in through an unlocked door or window.

2. Change all the locks and tumblers when you move into a new house.

3. For the most effective alarm system, conceal all wiring. A professional burglar looks for places where he or she can disconnect the security system.

4. Your house should appear occupied at all times. Use timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you’re not at home.

5. If you have a faulty alarm that frequently goes off, get it fixed immediately and tell your neighbors that it’s been repaired. Many people ignore an alarm that goes off periodically.

See the alert and full set of safety tips here.

Crime prevention community commitment

Spring Crime Prevention Tips from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

The following is a community alert the Hillsborough County, Florida Sheriff’s Office sent to their residents using tip411 to share crime prevention tips for Spring:

“Just some friendly reminders since we just hopped into Spring. The weather is beautiful outside and there will be some spring cleaning going on inside homes as well as yard work outside in preparation for the upcoming warmer months.

  • Ensure doors and windows are locked at your home. This includes even if you are only leaving for a short period of time.
  • Ensure all of your gardening tools are secured in your garage or storage shed with adequate locking mechanisms. Don’t leave your garage open when you are working outside in the backyard out of sight of your garage. Criminals look for opportunities such as open garages.
  • Do not leave your garage door open to vent the heat out, even if it is just a few inches. Criminals can and will slide underneath. They may even use a child to slide underneath and open the door for them.
  • Always secure bicycles out of sight and in a secure location.
  • Ensure that you have a secure door between you and possible solicitors. Always keep your screen door locked and if you do answer the door, then you have a secondary barrier between. Criminals take opportunities with unsecured screen doors and make their way inside.”

View the alert to see their full list of tips.

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Atlantic City Uses Alerts to Share Event Info & Safety Tips

tip411 Bundle and Pro customers can send community alerts to residents who subscribe to receive information via email and/or text message.

The Atlantic City, NJ Police Department takes advantage of their alerting capability to send updates about crimes in their community and solicit tips, but they know it can also be useful to share event information and safety reminders.  Take this alert about the city’s upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Parade as an example:

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You can view their alert online here.

Reminder local police department

Hide, Lock and Take: the shopping season is here

Start today! Remind yourself and others when you leave the car to Hide Lock Take. If you see a person displaying items in their car or leave without locking it, remind them too. You can keep your car safe by reminding everyone else, so that criminals won’t be successful in your area. Hide your belongings, Lock your car, and Take your keys! 

Park your car in well-lit areas and lots that have security. Don’t leave your windows rolled down or cracked as this only makes it easier to break in to. Try to park nearest to street or entrances so that it is viewable to passersby. Do not display decals or signs that upgrades have been made to your car. If you’re just not sure, always go with the safest most protected choice.

See the full alert from Lewisville Police with more helpful information and tips.

Delhi Township Police Thank Residents for Tips that Lead to Arrest

From the Delhi Township, Ohio Police Department:

THANK YOU! Subject was identified and arrested!

UPDATE: Shortly after the original alert (below) was sent out, numerous TIPS came in identifying the suspect. Based on the tips, the suspect was identified as Kevin Taylor age 37. Kevin was arrested last night and charged with the burglary from Mayhew. Thanks to the quick responses from people we were able to arrest the burglar the same day that the report was filed.

We appreciate all the shares, willingness to get involved, and the anonymous tips!

ORIGINAL ALERT: Burglary took place on 09/06/2016 at approximately 6:52am in the 4400 block of Mayhew Avenue. A male subject, pictured below, forced entry through a rear window and removed U.S. Currency from inside the residence. The male subject then fled the scene. Anyone with information on the incident or the identity of the subject, please contact Delhi Township Police Department at (513)922-0060. You may also submit an ANONYMOUS TIP by clicking on the link below.

Delhi Incident – # 16-12557

Click here to see the full alert and more information.

Yonkers PD Use tip411 to Promote National Night Out

On the evening of Tuesday August 2nd, the Yonkers Police Department will once again be participating in National Night Out (NNO) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at four locations throughout the city.  NNO is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our communities safer, better places to live.  NNO events will take place in all 50 states.

“National Night Out is a great opportunity for our residents to interact with their local police and community,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “Yonkers has the greatest police department in the country and these events will remind our neighbors that our police are here to serve and keep our streets and families safe.”  Each Precinct Community Council, which is made up of volunteer residents, plans their own NNO event with their local precinct command staff.

There will be activities for all ages including live entertainment, vendors, free handouts, police equipment demos, K-9 demos, and crime prevention materials.  Officers from each of our four precincts, Community Affairs, Emergency Service Unit, Fleet Services, and the Yonkers Youth Police Initiative (YPI) will be present at all four locations.

Police Commissioner Charles Gardner stated “National Night Out gives us another opportunity to strengthen bonds with our residents.  I want to thank the local Precinct Community Councils and our Officers for all of their efforts in planning this great evening out for our residents.  The successes that we have had here in Yonkers over the last few years would not be possible without our community members and this gives us a chance to thank them and have some fun at the same time.”

See the full notice sent to residents using tip411

Victoria Police Team Up with 7-Eleven for “Operation Chill”

Think tip411 can only be used to receive tips and share public safety alerts?  Think again.

Departments large and small use tip411 in creative ways to announce programs and events directly to residents:

“Operation Chill is a program that the Victoria Police Department recently became involved in, partnering with 7-11, to create positive police interaction with the youth in our community.

Officers with the Victoria Police Department will be handing out “tickets” to young people in our community who are observed being good citizens.  This can include many things such as riding their bicycle safely with the proper safety equipment, using crosswalks, following the law, helping others, volunteering time in their community, using their manners, or other things that young people do to be good citizens of our community.”

Learn more and read the full announcement from the Victoria Police Department.

“Fighting Crime is a Partnership” with tip411 & Leander Police

tip411 interviewed Assistant Chief of Police Jeffrey R. Hayes of the Leander Police Department, who is a member of the coordination team in charge of the department’s tip411 system in Leander, Texas.  For more information about how Leander is promoting their tip411 system, watch the Public Service Announcement they created to share with the media, public, and online.

Q: Tell us about Leander and your department.
A: Leander is one of the fastest growing cities in one of the fastest growing regions of the United States. We are located just north of Austin, Texas in what was once considered a rural farming community. Due to steady growth and a healthy economy, Leander is transitioning from its rural roots to a vibrant and self-sufficient city. At present, our population is approximately 38,000 and growing. We are projected to top 100,000 in the next ten years. To put it in perspective, Leander alone has 10% of all new housing starts in the Central Texas region.

Q: Why tip411?
A: A number of on-line organizations have rated Leander as one of the “Top Ten Safest” communities in Texas and one of the “Top 100 Safest” cities in America. We want to keep it that way. With growth comes the challenging task of staying intimately connected with our community in profound and meaningful ways. Communicating with our citizens in ways that foster strong relationships and staying connected in a way that make our department more focused and effective. In that regard, tip411was, well, it was a no brainer. Our department is acutely aware that we cannot be everywhere at once and we rely heavily on the community being our eyes and ears. tip411’s anonymous tip and alert features gives us a communication tool that gives a voice to those who might otherwise remain silent. An important aspect of good communication is simply listening, and the tip411 system allows us to do just that – listen. Not everyone feels comfortable talking with the police, no matter how good your relationship might be with your community. tip411 allows us to hear crime information and concerns we might not otherwise be able to hear.

Q: Why do you think branding and promoting tip411 is so important?
A: From the beginning, we understood the importance of the tip411 tool, but we also realized that our community must know it is available to them and how easy it is to use. We are a “smart phone society,” and part of a new generation that has multiple tools right at their fingertips on a device that is so powerful that it’s probably unfair to even call it a “phone.” The service and technology interface that we hold in our hands can be used for a myriad of functions, well beyond voice communication. We are an instantaneous information and communication society and there are growing expectations that services, including those offered by law enforcement, can be accessed via that powerful handheld device. tip411’s interface is as easy as an app, a text, or connecting over the internet. Members of our community must know it is available, that it is easy to use, and for those who’s anonymity is important – that it is just that – anonymous.

Q: What have you done to brand and promote the tip411 system in Leander?
A: To get the word out to our citizens, we knew that we must take the product and customize it to meet our department’s needs and the community’s expectations. We knew that we had to approach promotion, well the whole program in fact, in our own “style.” We practice a partnership based policing philosophy, where we strive to develop essential relationships with members of our community necessary to accomplish effective police work. With that, we knew that tip411 had a natural place in that partnership. Hence the lead line on all of our promotional materials is “Fighting Crime is a Partnership.” We paid very close attention to the strategies used in other communities who have successfully integrated tip411 into their toolbox, and we took those approaches and tinkered with them until they were unique, or at least had a “Leander” style that was easily identifiable. People that live in this community know that they enjoy a high quality of life and a low crime rate. They also know that they want to keep that way. We felt that it was valuable to show how using tip411 and the alert system could play a big part in keeping Leander “a great place to live, work, and play.”

Q: Anything you would tell other agencies considering tip411?
A: Let me address one challenge that we will wrestle with for the foreseeable future and that is the challenge that all law enforcement agencies face – money. Many law enforcement agencies have access to funding that we do not have now, but may have in the future. We can’t wait for the future to get the word out on tip411. For it to remain a valuable and effective tool, we must keep pushing its availability and value out to the public as often as possible. I will continue to watch how other agencies approach this same challenge. I also must confess that I have already “borrowed” and customized several ideas from other agencies that I thought would help us here in Leander. We will continue to seek alternative funding sources, donations, sponsors, and grants, to come up with the most cost effective way to keep tip411 in the public eye. We will make tip411 part of all department requests for assistance from the public and a prominent part of our crime prevention / community service programs, while definitely maximizing exposure through social media as often as possible.

Q: Is there anything that I haven’t asked that you would like to tell other agencies?
A: To paraphrase Sir Robert Peel, “we are the public, and the public are the police.” We are paid to do that which is incumbent upon every citizen in the interest of their community’s welfare and existence. The tip411 system is an interface that allows the Leander public to participate in policing their community. They can contribute to the partnership necessary for Leander to remain a great place to live. Those that have a true concern for their community are hungry to help, and they want to help us keep our crime rate low and quality of life high. Before we had our “hard launch,” we started placing the tip411 logos and icons on our Facebook page and webpage. With no fanfare or promotion, we began getting a few neighborhood concern tips. That happened with little or no effort on our part. Just think how powerful the tip411 system will be when we begin to promote it and make it an integral part of the way we do business in Leander.