Proactive Safety Tips For All!

In consideration of recent events we want to remind and encourage everyone to be safe in and around the neighborhood. Retired Officer and Circle C Resident Jimmy Brown provided some valuable information for us to share with the community along with information provided by our District Representative Officer Binder.

When calling 911 on a suspicious person here are some tips to help identify the individual:

-Try to compare that person to someone you know
-What is their gender, age, height, weight, tattoos, facial hair?
-Clothing description – stop from the top and work your way down.
-Are they wearing a cap/hat, any logos, shirt type, color/design?
-What type of pants and footwear?
-Do they have a backpack?
-What were they driving, what direction did they travel? Sometimes it’s hard to get the make/model but you can describe the body style, color, any damage and don’t forget luggage racks, bike racks and such

Protect Your Vehicle:

The Austin Police Department is requesting your assistance in reducing Auto Thefts. In the last month approximately 50% (half) of the vehicles reported stolen in South Austin were either left running or had the keys inside them. The Austin Police Department would like to remind everyone that running into a convenience store or back into your home with the vehicle running and keys in the ignition is an invitation to a car thief. Also, newer model cars have proximity keys or key fobs that operate your vehicle when you are close. Please remember to take your key fob with you when you turn off and exit your vehicle.

It doesn’t matter what kind of car you drive, all vehicles are a potential target of theft. In the state of Texas over 65,000 cars and trucks are stolen and almost 200,000 are burglarized each year. Many jurisdictions report that keys left inside and doors unlocked are MAJOR factors in stolen and burglarized vehicles.

-Always lock your vehicle and take your keys
-Never leave your car running while unattended
-Park in a well-lit area
-Take valuables with you when you are not in your vehicle
-Keep valuables out of sight
-Give parking attendants the ignition key only (keep your trunk and glove box locked at all times. If possible get separate keys for the ignition, trunk and glove box)
-Install an anti-theft device (many insurance companies may give you a discount for certain anti-theft devices, check with your agent for details)

Protect Your Mail:

Protect Your Mail & Packages (This was created for the holiday season but is useful year round!)

Informed Delivery Fact Sheet (Delivery notification service provided by USPS)

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