Safety Tips

MCSD Cruiser

MCSD Cruiser

A good question to ask yourself before calling 9-1-1 is, “Could someone’s life or property be saved or could a criminal be caught more easily if I called now instead of waiting a few hours?” If the answer is “yes”, then call 9-1-1. If it is “no” then call 821-2222 to report what you observed.

  • Report suspicious activity or a crime in progress to 9-1-1 as soon as you are in a safe, secure location.
    • Give the operator as much information as you can. Describe the suspicious activity. As best you can, describe the number of individuals, color of clothing, distinguishing features such as tattoos, hair style, etc. and if you see or suspect a weapon. If they are leaving the location, which direction were they headed? Are they on foot, on a bicycle or in a vehicle? Describe the vehicle as best you can. Car, truck, motorcycle, including the color, two or four doors, body damage, customization such as wheels, etc.
    • Be patient with the 9-1-1 operators. They handle thousands of calls each month for police, fire and medical emergencies. The more accurate information you can give them the easier it will be for them to dispatch the call to the police. Remember, they are not police officers, nor are they part of NOPD. They are civilians working for our protection.
  • DO NOT attempt to approach or confront anyone you don’t know. Contact 9-1-1
  • Always lock your car doors and take your keys.
    • Never leave your vehicle unattended when the engine is running, even if the car is locked.
  • Do not leave ANY personal belongings visible in your vehicle.
  • Even a phone charger or some loose change may alert a would-be thief that there may be more things of value in the car.
  • Never leave a weapon in your vehicle.
  • When possible park in a well lighted location
  • Install a security system in your car.
    • Systems can include alarms, ignition kill systems, fuel pump disabling devices, GPS tracking devices. Steering wheel locks are an inexpensive way to deter theft,
  • Install lockable lug nuts on your vehicle to prevent theft of the wheels and tires.
  • Lock the doors and windows of your home or place of business.
  • Install security lighting at your home or place of business.
    • Lights near doors or windows can deter thieves. Use dawn to dusk or motion detection sensors so the lights turn on automatically.
  • Keep hedges and vegetation trimmed so criminals cannot hide behind them.
    • Keeps hedges trimmed to about three feet in height. Trim tree limbs and branches so they are several feet above the ground. Trim branches and limbs so they do not obstruct the light from streetlights or other security lighting.
  • Consider installing a security system.
  • Most security systems automatically contact you when an alarm is triggered or they can be set to contact the police or fire departments immediately in the event the alarm is set off.
  • Don’t answer your door unless you know who is there.
    • Install a peephole or a camera to monitor people at your door. Always ask for identification if the person says they are representing a specific company or agency before allowing them inside your house.
  • When arriving home and you believe someone might be following you, drive slowly past your house one time to observe people or vehicles that may present a threat.
    • If needed, call 9-1-1 to report anything suspicious..