Nassau County, NY - August 26, 2015 - With major crime in Nassau County down 4.8% year-to-date and down nearly 30% over the past five years, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Tom Krumpter are issuing safety tips so Nassau County can remain the safest county in America for its size. After analyzing crime data, safety tips include: burglary prevention; thefts from vehicle; shopping tips; shopping online and taking of inventory.
“Much of our success in reducing crime is attributable to police officers and intelligence-led policing initiatives that continue to take a proactive approach to combatting crime trends,” said County Executive Mangano. “Though many safety tips seem like common sense, it is important that we share them with residents so that together we can protect our loved ones and property. I thank the Nassau County Explorers and NCPD Community Affairs Office for working diligently to distribute safety tips in areas targeted by individuals preying on our residents.”
Commissioner Krumpter added, “The Nassau County Police Department works diligently to prevent crime by studying intelligence collected by our professional law enforcement personnel. We utilize this intelligence to forecast issues before they happen and protect our residents. We urge all residents to take a moment to study these safety tips so they too can help in the fight against crime.”
• If you have an alarm, be sure to set it.
• Gifts and valuables should be kept out of sight, away from windows.
• Do not publicize that you will be out of town on the internet.
• Leave your lights on when you leave the house.
• Lock all doors and windows when you leave, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
• Ask a neighbor to watch your home if you’ll be away.
Thefts from Vehicles
• Park in well-lit areas.
• Lock your vehicle and do not leave it running unattended.
• Do not leave valuables visible in the vehicle. Hide packages and shopping bags in the trunk.
• Keep keys in your hand when walking to your car or home.
• Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
• Be sure your purse or wallet is secured at all times.
• Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.
• Shop only on secure websites.
• Do not respond to emails asking you for personal or credit card information.
• Check your credit card and bank statements regularly.
• Make time to update or create a home inventory.
• Take photos or make a video of valuable items with descriptions and serial numbers.
Remember, it is important to be alert! If you see something, say something and call 911 for all emergencies and crimes in progress. If you have information on a previous crime and would like to report it anonymously, please contact the Nassau Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-244-TIPS.