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April 2013 Crime Prevention Weekly Tips

Two wheels are better than none!


 Motorcycles are an attractive item for thieves. .

National  statistics show only 3 in 10 stolen motorcycles will be
 recovered and returnedto their owners. The rest end up on the black market, stripped and/or sold for spare parts



It takes seconds to hoist a motorcycle into a van and take off. In 2011 New York had 1,460 motorcycle thefts, but if you follow these basic tips you help yourself or a friend avoid becoming a victim of motorcycle theft:


* Lock your ignition and remove the key. National statistics show most bike thefts occur when the ignition is shut off, but not locked.

* Lock the forks or disk brakes with locks that have large, brightly colored tags.

* If traveling with other riders, lock motorcycles together when not in use.

* If riding alone, lock your bike to a secure, stationary object that can't be easily dismantled.

* Add an audible alarm to your motorcycle.

* When traveling and spending the night at a hotel, locate an outdoor security camera and park your bike in the camera's view. If this is not possible, park your bike close to your room.

* Keep an eye on your bike. When parking at a public event, check your motorcycle periodically, especially right after leaving your bike.

* If parking in a garage, block your bike with automobiles, close the garage door and make sure it is locked.

* Don't store your title in your bike's storage compartment, tank bag or saddlebag. The safest place for your title is at home.

* Uniquely mark and then photograph your bike. If thieves take your bike, note its unique markings to law enforcement using the photos you have taken.

* Keep your bike registration and insurance identification card on you when you ride.


If the bike is stolen make it impossible to sell. Mark everything that could be sold as a second hand spare part with a clearly visible identifying mark, both in visible and secret places, preferably with the bikes frame number.



Home Security Evaluation                   


Although we can't reduce a burglar's desire and ability, we can reduce their opportunities, so we are sometimes forced to think like burglars do in order to accomplish this goal. So with the warm weather right around the corner, take a look around and evaluate your home's security. Are you providing an easy way in? Are there open vents or crawl spaces, Dog doors, or unsecured Fire escapes? Take the test below to see where you stand.


What is your Security Quotient?


The following test will help you evaluate your "Security Quotient" or the degree to which you have reduced a criminal's opportunity to gain access to your home. Naturally, we expect a score of 100% and we do hope this questionnaire will serve as a guide for you to make your home and your neighborhood a safer place to live! Put a check mark next to each question you answered yes to and discover your "Security Quotient".


  • I have trimmed all shrubbery that would conceal entrances to my house, especially basement windows.
  • My house number is clearly marked on my residence and illuminated by my entrance light for quick recognition by emergency personnel.
  • The exterior doors to my home are constructed of solid wood or metal and have strike plates and hinges installed with 3-inch screws.
  • I leave exterior lights ON, front and back, during the hours of darkness, whether I am home or not.
  • I have deadbolt locks or other recommended secure locks on all exterior doors, and I use them!
  •  All windows in my home are locked (not just latched) while I am away, especially basement windows.
  • When I leave my home unoccupied, I leave a radio on and lights on timers. In other words, my home has that lived-in look while I am gone.
  • I keep shed or garage doors securely locked when I'm gone.
  • When I'm away overnight or longer, I alert neighbors to watch my house and ask a trusted neighbor or friend to pick up mail, change lights, mow lawn, etc.
  • Did you leave a ladder outside? Burglars could use it, or climb a nearby tree, to get in an upstairs window or fire escape.

 Give yourself 10 points for each point checked

0 - 50: attention is necessary

50 - 70: consider improvements

70 - 90: you're doing a good job

90 - 100: excellent, way to go!





Light it UP!

Many people ask, how can I keep my house safe from potential burglars?  


Here are a few tips about home security lighting to help prevent any break-ins to your home:


Keep the outside of your home well lit! Keeping the outside of your home well lit can help to deter any would be criminals by shedding light on all possible areas of entry into your home.  This can be done with some flood lights or some well-placed landscape lighting.


Front porch/entry lighting: Keeping your front porch light on while you are away can give the facade of being home even if you are on a week-long vacation.  This can be achieved by purchasing a timer that will turn the lights on and off at certain times of the day that can be set differently for each day to give the illusion that you are home.


Keep some random lights on in different rooms via plug in timers. Having lights go off and on at random times throughout the house will make it seem like the house is in use or someone is home working.  This is a huge deterrent to any lookouts or criminals that may be out. Make sure the lights you choose are in areas that can be seen from the street or as someone approaches your home.


Set up motion sensor lights on the outside of your home. Setting up motion sensor lights on key portions outside of your home can not only let you know when there is movement, but let your neighbors know as well. 


Schedule a FREE crime prevention security survey of your home - the NYPD's Crime Prevention Section will perform a detailed survey of your home or business at no charge and provide you with additional recommendations.