Theft Prevention Tips
- Auto Theft Prevention TIps
- COMMERCIAL THEFT PREVENTION TIPS
- Construction Theft Prevention
- Residential Theft Prevention Tips
· Vehicles are not a secure place to leave valuables. Windows can be broken quickly and quietly.
· Remove all items of value from your vehicle to include GUNS, financial cards, money, jewelry, electronics, tools, etc. If something needs to be left in a vehicle, make sure it is hidden before getting to your destination. Thieves will watch vehicles park then watch occupants hiding items before walking away.
· Lock your vehicle doors and have all windows closed. Thieves will often walk through parking lots or neighborhoods checking door handles to see what vehicles are unlocked then enter them to look for valuables.
· Park vehicles close to the house and in well-lit areas. Motion detection lights are helpful. If you must park in the street, park under a streetlight when possible.
· Car alarms are helpful. They bring attention to the owner or any passing persons.
· Replace the license plate screws with anti-theft screws to prevent the theft of your tag. These screws are available from home goods stores or online.
· Don’t leave a vehicle running with the keys inside or in the ignition. Thieves are looking for an opportunity to take a car and will take advantage of it when the come across it. There are remote starters available that will start a car but will not allow it to be driven without engage a key or having the remote chip inside the car.
· Never leave keys or other valuables such as wallets or purses in a car parked inside your garage. Thieves will gain entry to the garage and take advantage to an unlocked vehicle inside.
· Exterior lighting of buildings along with entry areas help protect the area.
· Keep doors locked when able. Having breaking bar doors to allow for emergency exit. Have only one entry from guests/non-employees. Mark other doors as “employee entrances only.”
· Prevent access by guests/non-employees to all areas of a business. If a guest/non-employee goes to an “employees only area,” have them escorted.
· Maintain landscaping to reduce or eliminate obstructions to windows and doors. Create witness potential for anyone passing by a building to see who is around.
· Keep fencing well maintained.
· Any windows that can be opened should be locked before employees leave for the day.
· Secure valuables such as financial cards, checkbooks, and cash. Don’t leave them in the open or in unlocked areas.
· Lock interior doors to offices before leaving for the day. If anyone gets inside the business, this will limit where they can get to while inside.
· Alarm and camera systems are available from multiple different companies. Maintain the alarm devices to reduce failures or false alarms. Make sure employees know how to activate or deactivate the alarm, procedures for false activation, and a current phone list for employees to respond after hours. Have employees know how to work the camera systems, especially how to download any video.
· Keep cash registers empty and open after business hours.
· Have procedures for employees during closing time to include checking all doors and windows to insure they are closed and locked.
· Keep detailed records of business equipment. Have a list of inventory, business vehicles, equipment, etc. Include any brands, models, serial numbers, inventory control numbers, engravings, etc.
· Hire private security to check the property at random times during the night.
· Secure tools in large, lockable storage containers such as a Jobox.
· Don’t leave tools visible from the outside of a structure.
· Install trackers such as GPS or Bluetooth devices on tools and equipment.
· Install lights to illuminate the construction site at night.
· Install alarm and camera systems. There are multiple options for alarms and cameras with current technology. There is everything from hardwired to wireless systems available.
· Hire private security to be on site or to do random patrols of the area.
· Create an environment to allow for witnesses to see if someone is around.
· Keep a good inventory of a job site. This includes tools, equipment, and materials. Include any serial numbers, brand and model information, owner applied numbers or markings. Know what materials are on the site, where they are kept, quantity, and value.
· Mark tools, equipment, and materials for better tracking and for the possibility of recovery.
· Report all theft from a job site. Make a police report in a timely manner and have as much complete information as possible at time of the report. If more information become available, update your case as soon as possible.
· Keep a well-lit exterior of your house. Motion lights are a good for lighting up an area without having the lights on all the time.
· Keep landscaping neat, especially around doors and windows. Create witness potential for the neighbors by reducing or eliminating obstructions to these areas create a place for burglars to enter without being noticed.
· Close overhead garage doors when not outside or while in the back yard. Keep the overhead garage doors closed at night. With a partially open overhead door, burglars can get into the garage.
· Lock the door from an attached garage to the house. Burglars that get into the attached garage can enter the house undetected.
· Don’t leave keys, purses, wallets near exterior doors.
· Alarm systems are available for houses from several companies at different price plans for monitoring.
· Camera systems are available from several companies with different capabilities.
· Avoid hiding keys outside. Burglars will look for these keys to get inside your house.
· Put bars in the tracks of sliding doors and windows.
Reporting a theft or burglary
- Make a report as soon as possible!
- Call 911 to make a police report.
- An officer may be sent to you when available.
- In the event of high calls for service, you may be transferred to someone to make the report over the phone.
- Due to calls for service through 911, you may experience long wait times for an officer to be sent to you. If you request an officer to be sent to you, one will be sent when one is available.
- Be ready to give the officer your personal information for the report.
- Have a description and value of what was taken to include the brand, make of the item(s), model, serial number(s), owner applied number(s) or any unique marking(s), and value.
- Have a description and value of what was damaged.
- Don’t worry if you don’t have all the information needed at the time of the report. You will have the ability to update your case after it is made through the Wichita Police Case Desk at (316) 268-4221.
- If you make a report over the phone, you may be asked to take pictures of any damage to send into the police department. If there is other evidence to be collected, an officer will be sent to you to collect it.
- Additional information such as photos, property lists, or video can be sent to [email protected]. In the subject line of the email, please list your case number (an example, 23C654321). This information will be saved with the case.
Make sure to follow up in a timely manner with updated information to the Wichita Police Case Desk at (316) 268-4221 or Investigations at (316) 268-4407.