Safety Tips

Safety tips is a means to make all of our visitors aware of different tips to help out with a variety
of issues which occur in our city. The goal is to inform our citizens and visitors of ways to reduce
your chances of becoming a victim of crime or to provide information to keep you and your
family as safe as possible.

Personal Safety

  1. Always be aware of your surroundings
  2. Don’t allow yourself to be a victim. Walk with your head up and look people in the eyes
  3. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Get help.
  4. Avoid dark areas in parking lots or on the street while walking
  5. Do activities such as exercising with a friend or family members
  6. Ladies, Keep your purse close to your body, within your control.
  7. Don’t separate your purse from you while shopping or placing items in your vehicle.
  8. Children should always be taught to never approach strangers without their parents
  9. Do you know who your children are texting or emailing? Talk with your children and find out
    what they are doing. They may not like it now, but they will appreciate it as they grow older
  10. Know your neighborhood as well as your neighbors. Work together to make your families safe
    should the need arise.

Bicycle Safety

  1. Bicyclist must follow the same rules as motor vehicles.
  2. Bicyclist must ride to the far right side of the roadway.
  3. While riding when dark, lighting, not reflector must be utilized on the front and rear areas of a
    bicycle.
  4. Children under 12 must wear safety head gear.
  5. You cannot ride someone on the handle bars of a bicycle.
  6. You cannot ride more than 2 persons wide on a roadway
  7. You must keep at least one hand on the handle bars at one time.
  8. Brakes are required on all bicycles
  9. Bicyclist cannot hold on to a moving vehicle
  10. Children under 40 pounds and 40 inches in height, riding as a passenger must be secured in a
    restraint seat and must wear protective safety gear.

Scams

  1. What does a con artist look like? He can look like your neighbor or your friends.
  2. Most scams occur over the telephone, by mail or even at your front door
  3. Never give out your personal information over the phone. It is illegal for telemarketers to ask for
    various personal information.
  4. When being solicited for a donation to a charitable organization, obtain the exact name of the
    organization and check them out. Some scams use similar names of legitimate organizations to
    trick you into agreeing to make a contribution.
  5. Be aware of calls from 900 numbers or calls that solicite you for any information regarding your
    current accounts or services within your home or business.
  6. If someone approaches you about work needing to be done on your residence or property, be
    cautious. Most door to door scams involve fixing a problem that you did not seek help with.
    Make sure of the need for repair with another business and check on all businesses before you
    hire them to do your work.
  7. Be careful with gifted talkers. They often try to get you to befriend them where you feel
    comfortable with them. Make sure of what they are offering is what you need and always get it
    in writing.
  8. The elderly of our community are often targets of scam. Talk with your family, friends or even
    law enforcement before agreeing to hire someone to do work for you, before you donate to
    charities or before you give out any personal information.
  9. When you need to check out a business to confirm that they are reputable, click on the Better
    Business Bureau link on the home page of our web site.
  10. The best tip of them all, If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.

Vehicle Safety

  1. Don’t leave items of value inside your vehicle. If you must leave items in your vehicle, secure
    them in the trunk or hide them. Do not leave them in plain view.
  2. Never hide a spare key on your vehicle.
  3. Park in well lighted areas.
  4. While approaching your vehicle, be aware of the surroundings. Look for people loitering in the
    parking lot. Know what they are doing. Does it make sense?
  5. Never leave your keys in the vehicle, even if you have a keyless entry remote.
  6. Keep your windows rolled up completely.
  7. When parking in attended lots or parking garages, leave only the ignition key with the
    attendant.
  8. Never leave your car running while unattended.
  9. Vehicles with keyless remote access have an alarm button. If you ever find yourself in trouble,
    activate this function to draw attention to you.
  10. Do not leave personal information inside your vehicle as it could lead to additional crimes such
    as identity theft.

Home Safety

  1. Take time to secure items which could be stolen. Lock property in storage rooms for safety.
  2. Help reduce your chances of being a victim. Do not leave empty boxes at the roadway or in the
    public’s view when you purchase items of value.
  3. Take a home inventory of all valuables, including serial numbers, pictures and video. 95% of
    home owners do not have any type of inventory of their property.
  4. Survey your home. Is the shrubbery to thick where criminals can hide while breaking into your
    residence or hide to rob you.
  5. Do not answer the door during late night hours without knowing who is at your door.
  6. Keep garage doors closed at all times as an open garage door can attract criminals for a quick
    theft of property.
  7. Make sure that you have adequate lighting around your residence.
  8. If your residence is equipped with an alarm system, use it. An alarm system serves no purpose if
    it is not used.
  9. If you are out of town for a period of time, stop the delivery of mail and newspapers or have
    someone pick them up on a daily basis. Newspapers in the driveway is an indicator to burglars
    that you are out of town.
  10. Notify your local police department when you will be out of town for extra patrol.

Hurricane Safety Tips

  1. The most important tip regarding hurricanes is to be prepared. Hurricanes are seasonal and
    allow us time to organize and make a plan. Be prepared
  2. Check your generators at least once a month to make sure that it operating properly.
  3. Know where you are going should you need to evacuate. Hotels often fill up quickly when our
    area is in the direct path.
  4. Have non-perishable items ready during hurricane season. These items can be used at any time.
  5. Secure all outdoors items which could become flying debris.
  6. Make sure that all pets are taken care of.
  7. Plan for multiple days without electricity. Be able to prepare meals for this time period.
  8. Know your route if you plan to evacuate. Always give yourself enough time due to traffic
    congestion.
  9. Make sure to have a reasonable amount of money with you as credit / debit card machines may
    be down due to power loss.
  10. Make sure that neighbors or family members are aware of your plans to avoid loss of contact
    after the storm.

Miscellaneous Safety Tips

  1. Talk with your children about the internet and texting safety. Children / teens do not need to be
    involved in conversations with people that they do not know and should always talk to their
    parents about suspicious activity involving unsolicited “chats” that occur.
  2. Take time to check what and who your children are talking to on the internet and who they are
    texting.
  3. Shred all documents which could be used to steal your identity. Often we simply through these
    items in the garbage without destroying them.
  4. Check your credit history on at least an annual basis. Make sure that all lines of credit have been
    established by you.
  5. Don’t write pin numbers on you debit or credit cards. These numbers should be memorized.
  6. Bicycles and second hand firearms can be registered at the Crowley Police Department for
    documentation.