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Crime Prevention Tips - October 2012

Nightlife Safety

We want you to enjoy all that this great City has to offer, but your safety is our number one concern. When out with friends it is important to remember
- Do not leave your bag/purse or mobile phone unattended, all it takes is a split second for it to disappear
- Always carry enough money for a taxi, and only utilize properly licensed NYC yellow medallion taxis
- When entering a bar or a club look around, always know where the exits are located in case of an emergency
- Never leave a bar or club with a stranger, and always keep family members and/or friends informed of your whereabouts
- Do not drink and drive, and never accept a ride from anyone who has been drinking 


Domestic Violence Awareness Month - Teen Violence

Did you know that in New  York City 11% of high school students report having been hit, slapped or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend/girlfriend? October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and while adult domestic violence is a serious matter, resulting in over 255,000 calls for Police assistance in 2011 alone, violence among dating teens is just as serious. Many young people experience abusive behaviors, but do not identify the abuse as dating violence. For many, these behaviors are incorrectly seen as "normal," and are not considered problematic. Below you will find 5 signs of an unhealthy relationship courtesy of the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence:

Your Partner... 
1. Calls/texts/IMs you constantly and/or checks your email without your permission
2. Embarrasses or insults you in front of others.
3. Acts jealously and does not want you to spend time with others.
4. Consistently criticizes your friends, clothes, or interests. Since its inception in 2005 through December 31, 2011, the New York City Healthy Relationship Training Academy of the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence has reached 24,819 young people through 1,249 peer education workshops.

For more information or to request a workshop at your organization, visit:

You can also visit the NYPD Domestic Violence homepage: 


A "Bright" Idea!

It will cost you almost $2000 to replace a laptop and over $500 for a TV if a burglar takes the one you own - but it costs only about a dime to keep a light on all night at your door or in your window. Those dimes are well spent if they protect all of your valuables. It is a simple fact that criminals do not like bright places. If one house is brightly lit, and another has no lights, criminals will generally head for the dark one. No one likes to attract attention, especially when your intentions are no good!
Deny a burglar the opportunity to make you their victim. Keep outside lights on around your house, or in your windows through the night. Now that is a "bright" idea!


Little Things Can Send a BIG Message....

In crime prevention, little things can mean a lot. Take, for example you car's cigarette lighter or power outlet. It may not look like much to you, but it can send an important signal to thieves.

Some criminals look at the dashboards of cars. If they see the cigarette lighter is missing or the cover is open on the power outlet, they figure there is at least a possibility that it has been taken out to accommodate a battery charger or power adapter for an electronic device. They're willing to take a chance that the device is not far away - maybe stored in the glove box or center console. So, when they don't see a cigarette lighter in a car, some thieves will break the passenger side window, and search your car, hoping to find some valuables inside. If you don't have anything, the criminal will just move on, looking for another opportunity. But he - or she - has left behind a mess of broken and shattered glass for you to clean up, and a colossal headache until you get the car repaired.

Don't give criminals an opportunity. Whether or not you have anything, keep that cigarette lighter just where it belongs and the cover closed on those accessory outlets when you leave your car. If you do, you're much less likely to encounter an unwelcome surprise when you return.