Do not leave purchased items visible in the car, leave them in the
While shopping in the evening hours may be less crowded, there are also
additional potential risks involved. Park in areas of parking lots that have adequate lighting. Consider shopping with someone rather than going alone.
Make sure purses and wallets are secure on your person and you are aware
of their location at all times.
Keep the amount of available cash you have at a minimum or separate it
into different pockets or locations on or about your person. This way all of it is not lost if your purse or wallet is misplaced or stolen.
Credit cards offer convenience and security, however, keep track of all
cards and keep receipts to compare to your monthly statement.
Remain aware of your surroundings at all times and move to and from
your vehicle with confidence and "purpose". Have keys ready before
getting to your car so you do not have to search for them while standing
Report suspicious people or activity to law enforcement
Home Safety Tips While Away
Valuable items, such as televisions, stereos, and computers should be
inscribed with an identifying number unique to its owner (do not use your entire social security number).
Create an up-to-date home inventory including make, model, serial numbers,
other detailed descriptions, and photographs of items of value (including jewelry). This inventory should be kept somewhere safe, out of the house.
At least two light timers should be set to turn the lights and TV on and
off in a logical sequence when away for an extended time period to give the appearance that someone is home.
The alarm system (if you have one) should be activated when you leave
Mail and newspaper deliveries should be stopped or arrangements for a
neighbor/friend to pick them up should be made when you are away from home for a period of time.
Ask a trusted neighbor to tend the yard, shovel the snow, and watch your
home when you are away or have a trusted friend or relative house sit in your absence.
Make sure all doors and windows are locked when you leave, even if you
have an alarm system.
If you plan on being out of town, please provide the
Fanwood Police Department with a completed vacant house form.