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Crime Prevention

To submit a confidential crime tip, please follow THIS LINK

Several neighborhoods in the City have established neighborhood watch programs. To learn more about neighborhood watch or find out who the neighborhood watch contact is in your neighborhood, contact Corporal Brian Hoar. For other crime prevention tips please read below.

 

CRIME PREVENTION IS:
 

Being aware that a crime CAN occur; ANTICIPATING the type, location, or time; and TAKING ACTION to reduce the chance of it happening.

By eliminating just one of the above components, crime can be averted. While control over the first two elements, DESIRE and ABILITY rests solely with the suspect, you can have considerable impact on the third — OPPORTUNITY.

Crime prevention is largely using instinct, action, and common sense to eliminate (or greatly reduce) a criminal’s opportunity. Your responsibility lies in removing opportunity to decrease the likelihood of becoming a victim. 

Crime prevention requires a holistic approach involving every member of the community. The collective actions of everyone within a neighborhood are vital to success.

 

HOW CAN YOU PRACTICE CRIME PREVENTION?
 

1. EDUCATE YOURSELF ON CRIME PREVENTION TECHNIQUES

Read below or contact the Hartford Police Department for information on how to make your home more secure, mark your personal property, and maintain personal security.

2. KNOW YOUR POLICE OFFICERS

Follow the Barre City Police Department on Social Media, attend National Night Out, Coffee with a Cop, or other outreach event, get to know and support your local police officers.

3. REPORT ALL CRIME

Utilize the 911 system for emergencies and to report suspicious activities or circumstances. No violation is too small to be reported. Don't assume someone has already reported the incident.

4. STAY INFORMED

Knowledge is POWER. Follow the news and sign-up for VT-Alert. Keep current on local crime problems. Attend public meetings. Become familiar with local crime trends and what proactive measures are being done to address the issues.

5. WORK WITH OTHERS

Support groups, community associations, and other proactive neighborhood organizations are invaluable in combating crime. Encourage children to become actively involved in the effort to build character and foster a sense of security.

 

SECURING YOUR HOME
 

Burglaries or break-ins happen much more frequently than most people think — and it's always an unsettling experience. A quality alarm system, good lighting (with motion sensor activation), solid deadbolt locks, and vigilant neighbors can be powerful deterrents to crime. The following tips can also help reduce a burglar’s OPPORTUNITY, and make your home less appealing to would-be offenders:

If you’d like to learn more, you can access the Safety, Health, and Consumer Council’s Comprehensive Guide to Securing Your Home as a way to help promote safety and prevention awareness. This guide includes key steps and preventive measures that can go a long way in keeping your home safe and secure while everyone is away.

 

SECURING YOUR CAR
 

1. REMOVE VALUABLES

If you can leave your valuables, phone, purse, or tools at home, do so.  If this is not an option, place your items in the trunk or out of public view.

2. LOCK YOUR VEHICLE

Verify that your vehicle is securely locked before leaving it unattended. Be mindful that remote locking devices can malfunction, so verify their proper operation before leaving the vehicle unattended.

3. CLOSE WINDOWS AND SUN ROOFS

Windows and sun/moon roofs allow a thief quick and easy access to your vehicle's interior and the property within. Access can be gained through a very small opening so ensure windows are completely closed and the sun roof secured.

4. INSTALL AN ALARM

Consider the use of an alarm with an ignition kill switch and/or the use of an external steering wheel or brake system locking device.

5. PARKING

When possible, park in well-lit areas with a high volume of pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

 

SECURING YOUR IDENTITY
 

If you would like more information on how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of Identity Theft or what to do if you should become a victim, please visit the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer web guide on Avoiding Identity Theft, or the Vermont Attorney General’s Office web page on Consumer Information.