Simply being aware of ones surroundings can reduce or eliminate the potential of becoming a victim of a crime. Please read and practice these Basic Crime Prevention Tips as follows:
There is a new crime wave sweeping across America called "sliding." This occurs, mostly to women pumping gas at gas stations. View this alarming video report by clicking HERE. The way to prevent from becoming a victim is to make sure windows are up and car doors are locked while you are pumping gas. A good tip is to always keep windows up and doors locked everywhere you go. You have to think ahead to prevent yourself from becoming a crime victim. Sliding is a crime of opportunity. Do not give criminals an opportunity! Be safe.
In this type of crime, a person knocks on your door and even may look official or be wearing some type of company shirt in order to distract you so another person can enter the back of your home to steal your jewelry, belongings, etc. Beware of suspicious people knocking on your door and call police if it doesn't look right. Always keep all exterior doors and windows locked even when you are at home.
We are fortunate to live in a safe community, however, that does not mean we should let our guard down. The majority of property crimes like burglary and theft are crimes of opportunity. In almost every case, in our community over the past few years where a burglary and/or theft of items has occurred, the suspect(s) made entry through unlocked doors and took items. These are opportunity crimes. These crimes are completely preventable by always locking your car and home doors and keeping windows closed and locked when you are away from home. Garage doors should always be kept closed unless you are working in it or outside. One national law enforcement study showed that 10% of the population is totally honest 100% of the time and 10% of the population is totally dishonest. That leaves the 80% in the middle that are basically honest people, but if the opportunity arises, they may commit a crime of opportunity. An example would be where one of the 80% gets out of his car in a parking lot and sees a wallet laying on the seat of the car, with the windows down, next to him and he takes the wallet.