Making it Tougher for Crooks
Making it Tougher for Crooks - Community Safety Starts With You
Are you making it tougher for crooks?
The Making it Tougher for Crooks - Community Safety Starts With You campaign is a partnership between the City of Rockingham, WA Police Community Engagement Division and the two police stations servicing the cities of Rockingham and Mandurah.
The purpose of the campaign is to educate residents and visitors to reduce opportunities for crime. Research shows that most crimes are committed because opportunities were created for an individual to commit a criminal act.
This campaign has been promoted and supported by United Cinemas, Coast FM and 6MM, Transperth and the WA Police. The campaign aligns with the City of Rockingham Community Safety Strategy 2015-2019 which is taglined 'Community Safety Starts With You', and the WA Police crime prevention strategy "Making it tougher for crooks".
The City has designed a postcard with safety tips to make it tougher on crooks. Residents are encouraged to assist with handing these out to their neighbours. Should you wish to assist, please contact the Community Safety Team on 9528 0333 or email email@example.com.
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You can reduce home burglary with a few simple tips:
Reduce opportunities for home burglary
- Keep all doors and windows locked at all times, even when at home, including garages and sheds.
- Keep valuable items such as computers, laptops, stereos and mobile phones out of sight.
- Mark your valuables with a UV pen – you can request a free UV pen from the City.
- Do not leave keys hidden outside the home.
- Leave a spare key with a trusted neighbour or family member.
- Make sure all garden tools are stored and locked away.
- If you are going away, arrange for mail to be collected daily by a good friend or neighbour while you are on holidays.
- Be mindful of posting information about your holiday on social media – you may increase the chances of your home being targeted by criminals.
- If you have a home alarm system, activate it when leaving your home unattended. Keep all doors and windows locked at all times
Keep your valuables safe
You can keep your valuables safe with a few simple tips:
- When shopping, make sure your bag is closed and do not leave it unattended in your trolley.
- Do not leave your phone or bag unattended in public.
- Be alert and wary of strangers who may try to distract you.
- Be observant and aware of people who may appear suspicious.
- Avoid carrying large sums of cash.
- Be diligent with your bag in and around your motor vehicle when loading and unloading goods.
Park your vehicle safely
- Remove all valuables from your vehicle.
- Park in well lit areas.
- Ensure your vehicle is always locked.
- Close all your windows – even when you are at the petrol station.
- Have your keys in your hand before you get to your vehicle.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Do not leave house keys in your vehicle. They may be stolen and used in home burglaries.
- Remove any documentation from your vehicle that contains your residential address or any identifying information.
- Erase circular marks from your windscreen indicating you may have a sat-nav, dash-cam or mobile phone
Prevent Paywave and identity fraud
- Do not carry many credit cards.
- Only carry cards you use the most in your wallet or purse.
- Arrange to pick up new or replacement cards at your bank instead of home delivery.
- Secure your cards at all times.
- When you are out, never leave your purse or wallet unattended.
- Never leave your purse or wallet in your car.
- Report lost or stolen cards immediately to your bank, credit union or financial institution.
- The convenience of Paywave cards means that they are an easy target for thieves.
- Be aware of customers who appear nervous or in a hurry.
- If you are suspicious, ask for additional identification.
- If you suspect fraudulent activity, observe and report it to the Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Get to know your neighbours
- A friendly smile and a simple 'hi' could be a great way to start.
- Start a friendly conversation.
- Neighbourly connections can create an opportunity for neighbours to look after each other.
- If you are going away, inform your neighbours.
- If you are going away, ask them to collect your mail and bring in your bins.
- Neighbours Unite is designed to encourage neighbours to come together to build a safer and healthier community.
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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
CPTED is a crime prevention method to reduce opportunities for crime. You can keep your home environment safe by following some simple principles:
- Keep your yard maintained to reduce places to hide.
- Increase visibility from the street.
- Cut back shrubbery around the house to ensure natural surveillance.
- Keep the area around your home well lit at night.
Reporting crime is important. No matter how big or small you feel the crime is, report it.
- In an emergency, call 000.
- For non-emergency police attendance such as anti-social and suspicious behaviour, call 131 444,
- When reporting incidents to police, provide as many details as possible, including:
- incident location
- nearest cross street
- description of what is happening
- description of people or vehicles involved, i.e. height, hair colour or vehicle make/model and registration number.
- What can you report to SmartWatch:
- anti-social behaviour
- vandalism and graffiti
- suspicious behaviour and activity
- neighbourhood disturbances.