Crime Prevention Tips

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When You Are Home

  • Call the police when you witness a crime or any suspicious activity
    • You can remain anonymous
    • Don't assume that somebody else will call the police
    • When reporting activity, have as much detailed information as possible
  • Lock your doors on your vehicles, your home, and garage door
  • Turn an exterior light on during the night time hours
    • Criminals prefer dimly lit areas
    • Consider adding motion detector-type flood lights
  • Keep records of property that you own
    • This includes writing down the model and serial numbers and identifying marks
    • Take three photos of every property item: one overall, one close-up, and one that shows the serial number
    • If the police do not have the serial and model numbers, it is highly unlikely that you will get the property back, and if we catch a suspect with the property, there will be no way of knowing for sure that it is stolen
  • If you are going out of town, notify a neighbor and arrange to have your mail and newspaper deliveries stopped

When You Are Out

  • Never leave belongings unattended, such as a purse or a wallet, when you are shopping
  • Plan your routes and stay alert to your surroundings
  • Don't display large sums of cash in the presence of others
    • It is best to use debit or credit cards whenever possible
    • Don't carry your PIN numbers with you - memorize them
  • If your belongings are lost or stolen, the very first thing to do is cancel them immediately
    • A thief is looking to use these items immediately, before they get canceled at places where no identification is needed (such as paying at the pump for gasoline)
    • After canceling these items, report the loss or theft to the police department
  • If you are approached by someone wishing to take your money or property, do not be a hero and give them what they are asking for without hesitation
    • The chances of you being injured or killed increases when you resist them
    • Take a mental picture of the suspect including height, weight, gender, race, hair and eye color, clothing description, and any marks or tattoos that the suspect may have
    • Also take note of any vehicle description


For more information on crime prevention tips, call the Raymore Police Department at (816) 331-0530.