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You may hear the same tips over and over on how to prevent crime or victimization, such as locking your doors and hiding valuables. But here are some tips that you may not have heard before or are not as obvious, but are just as important.

  • Keep your keys in hand – Criminals wait for you to be off your guard, keeping your car or house keys in hand for easy access is a great way to avoid being distracted or slowed down.
  • Don’t follow the same patterns – Leaving and returning home at the same time every day, going to the same coffee shop, grocery store, or bar, taking the same routes to your favorite spot, or even a jog route can help criminals plot where you are going to be. Try varying your routes and visiting new places occasionally. Being unpredictable can be a great asset.
  • Say no to strangers – We all want to be helpful and friendly, but it probably isn’t a good idea to lend out your phone, give people money, or get caught up in a conversation. Your priority should be your safety. Catching nice strangers off guard makes it easier to take off with their things.
  • Learn defensive moves – If someone is threatening you to give up your belongings, you should give them up and get out of there. Personal items can be replaced. But if they continue the attack or are attacking you for reasons other than theft, learning some basic self-defense moves can make a big difference. Read some self-defense tips here.
  • Carry a whistle or other loud device – Criminals don’t want you to bring attention to the situation. Scream, blow a whistle, or set off an alarm. Anything to make them hesitate so you can get away.
  • Look for a personal safety phone app – There are multiple choices these days for apps that can schedule fake phone calls from friends in case you need an out from a situation, send your current location and an alert to a friend if you feel unsafe, or even call the police. These apps can be subtle and unnoticeable to the people you are around. Here is a list of some iPhone and Android apps. 

If you are a victim of a crime, don’t be afraid to reach out. Report the crime to the police and look into crime victim help groups.


Abby Orscheln – Safety and Security Intern


If you know you will be traveling and there will be no one in your home, there are some steps you can take to keep your house and your belongings safe. By following these steps you can have fun and be carefree on your vacation, or be focused on your business trip knowing that your belongings are safe.




There has been a large increase in burglaries in the Forest Park Southeast Neighborhood this year. Through the months of January and February there were 12 burglaries, in comparison to 5 burglaries during the same period last year. In light of these burglaries we would like to remind residents to be safe and take some preventative steps. Follow our link here to be directed towards our home burglary prevention tips, or find it under the Crime Prevention Tips menu above. Stay safe this spring and keep an eye out for more news as we move further along in the year.

-Dalton Davidson. Safety and Security Intern

Spring has sprung!  I know I’m out in the yard more and more each day.  While we are all excited about getting back out there and watching all of the beautiful new colors popping up in our yards and around town, we also need to be mindful and diligent.  Often we are working in the garden, and we have the garage doors up, and our lawn tools are out, or we step inside to grab something quickly and the next thing we know twenty minutes later we return to find the lawnmower has disappeared, or the leaf blower has “walked” away!  Yikes!  None of us want to experience this, but unfortunately, some of you have.


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We are happy to announce we have just launched a Twitter account to become more accessible on mobile devices. Follow us for quick safety and security updates in FPSE. We will also post our crime tips on this account, so follow us for the latest tips on keeping your belongings, your family, and yourself safe.


— Dalton Davidson, Safety and Security Intern

We often talk about victims of crime in our communities.  Though many times we may not be talking about witnesses.  

This post will cover some of the basics you should know when reporting a crime you have witnessed.


Many of us are out and about during this holiday season.  Whether we are shopping for the holidays, dining out, attending parties, or just keeping up our regular routines, we are busy!  It’s important to remember while we are rushing from place to place, to stay alert and stay safe.  To make sure our children know what to do if they get separated from us while we are out.  Hopefully, these tips will help remind us all to slow things down a bit and keep watch for ourselves and our neighbors.


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Tips for Reporting Shots Fired and What to Do in the Event of an Active Shooter

Unfortunately shootings have become a very real threat in every community. Therefore it is necessary to know how to report shots fired and what to do in the event there is an active shooter in your area. These tips could help to save your life or the lives of those in your community.



Home Burglary Prevention

      Burglary is an ever-present problem in the United States. In 2010, according to the Uniform Crime reports, there were more than 2 million burglaries in the U.S. In over a third of those burglaries there was no force used, in other words the burglars walked into the home without forcing entry. The majority of burglaries are easily preventable if certain safety measures are taken. Most burglars are “lazy” and won’t steal from a house if it seems too difficult. So making your house a hard target is a good way to prevent a burglary.


As business owners we know you want to keep both your employees and your business safe.  Below are some ways that may help to do both of those things:

  • Make sure all outside entrances and inside security doors have deadbolt locks. If you use padlocks, they should be made of steel and kept locked at all times. Remember to remove serial numbers from your locks, to prevent unauthorized keys from being made.
  • All outside or security doors should be metal-lined and secured with metal security crossbars. Pin all exposed hinges to prevent removal.
  • Windows should have secure locks and burglar-resistant glass. Remove all expensive items from window displays at night.
  • Light the inside and outside of your business, especially around doors, windows, skylights, or other entry points. Consider installing covers over exterior lights and power sources to deter tampering.
  • Check the parking lot for good lighting and unobstructed views.
  • Be sure your safe is fireproof and securely anchored. Remember to change the combination when an employee who has had access to it leaves your business.
  • Before you invest in an alarm system, check with several companies and decide what level of security fits your needs. Contact your local law enforcement agency to recommend established companies. Learn how to use your system properly. Check the system daily, and run a test when closing.

These recommendations come from the Los Angeles Police depart’s Website: