Summertime tips, when it's prime time for crime

Date Modified: Wed, 07/05/2017 - 10:33am

While you’re away, it’s a good idea to look like you’re not. Take a few minutes to think about summer safety with these tips from Anthem Neighborhood Watch.

  • It's tempting to share travel plans with everyone, but it’s best not to announce them in public or tell everyone when you will be away - especially on social media. 
  • Resist the temptation to post photos of a trip while away from home. Wait until you return to share.
  • Make arrangements for North Valley Posse Vacation Watch to check the perimeter of your home while you are away: 602-456-2767.
  • Don't rush out the door without performing a full security check of the home, doors, garage, windows and lighting. Every possible entrance should be locked and lighting on timers with working bulbs.
  • Make sure landscaping is tended to in your absence.
  • Stop all mail and newspaper deliveries. Ask a neighbor to check the front porch for any deliveries.
  • Exchange travel and contact information with a trusted neighbor or family member in case something happens.
  • If you live in the Country Club, make sure your contact numbers are updated on the gateaccess.net website. This will be important if the gate personnel need to reach you (water running from garage, fire, other emergency).

Be a good neighbor

Try to be alert to what is going on in nearby homes. If neighbors’ newspapers are accumulating, or there are signs that neighbors are away and may have forgotten to stop delivery, move the deliveries to an inconspicuous place. If for some reason debris has accumulated in the yard (perhaps wind or storm damage), try to contact your neighbor so that it can be taken care of. The important thing is for the home to look lived in.

Watch out for kids

If your kids are out of school and home alone while you are at work or perhaps away for a meeting, try to take a few simple precautions to ensure their safety.

  • Remind them to keep all doors and windows locked and to never open the door unless directed by you.
  • Keep a list of emergency phone numbers near the phone (911, poison control, neighbors).
  • If you have a pool, make sure they know how to swim or someone is with them who does. Otherwise, have a locked patio door (high lock) or locked gate around the pool.
  • Enroll in one of the classes at the Community Center - it's never too early to learn CPR or to take swimming lessons. Knowledge is power.

And just because prevention is better than regret, remind your kids to:

  • Always use crosswalks properly.
  • Never talk to or go with anyone you haven’t given permission to (even if you know them).
  • Stay in a group.
  • Keep a phone with them and call 911 if they feel in danger.