We have all heard that most accidents happen at home. So do many crimes happen at the home.
On March 30th Connie Ledbetter, Crime Prevention Practitioner, who is also trained in ID theft, told Isles of Capri residents to take control of their safety. “Keep your home safe” is the motto of the Collier Country Sheriff’s office. Connie Ledbetter explained that a home burglary takes about three minutes.
She asked the audience questions. Where would the person look first for valuables and what would he or she take?
We got the first one right, money and jewelry on the master bedroom dresser. We missed the second one, prescription drugs in the medicine cabinet. Electronics are third.
What to do? Put your money, jewelry and prescriptions in a more secure, less obvious place.
She offered other suggestions starting with the free home security evaluation. Connie Ledbetter explained that she, as a certified Crime Prevention Practitioner, can come to your home and make suggestion on how to make your home safe. She would look at windows, doors, locks, lighting, valuables sitting out, and make suggestions. Call 239 252 0711 for an evaluation.
If you take pictures of the jewelry and valuables along with electronic registration numbers, a policereport can be more complete and your stolen items easier to identify. The officer would know exactly what the ring or other item looks like. Keep a copy in the safety deposit box.
Your car. Keep it locked. Keep valuables and your identification out of the car.“Do you have to have the registration in the glove compartment where it is easy to find?” she asked. “No, you just have to have it available to show an officer who asks for it.”
Your home address is on the registration, the garage door remote and the car GPS are in the car, the car is unlocked, and you are shopping. The bad guys have easy access to your home. Lock and hide these things.
Do not carry social security cards and unnecessary credit cards shopping. Do make a photo copy of all the things in your wallet in case of a theft.
In the community, if you see something suspicious, “See it, say it, and make the call.” If the situation doesn’t feel right call it in. For an emergency call 911; for non-emergency 239- 252-9300.
Another program offered by the sheriff’s office is Code Red, which keeps citizens informed. You can link on to this at www.colliersheriff.org. The notification alerts on everything from evacuation notices or other information about public safety.