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Tips for National Crime Prevention Month

October is National Crime Prevention Month - check these tips

October is National Crime Prevention Month, which recognizes and celebrates the practice of crime prevention, while promoting the creation of safer, more caring communities. Here are some ways that you can promote and support crime prevention efforts this October and all year round.

• Join Neighborhood Watch - Contact the Lakewood Crime Prevention Office at 562-866-9771, extension 2114 or email crimeprevention@lakewoodcity.org  to see if there is a program on your block. Consider volunteering to become a Block Captain and becoming more involved in an existing program.

• Enroll in Lakewood Auto Watch (LAW) – Residents can enroll in a free decal registration program that makes stealing a decal-marked car an unacceptable risk for thieves.  Click here for more information.

• Participate in Operation Identification – The Crime Prevention Office has electric engravers that residents can use to identify their property with their California driver’s license or identification card number. This allows for easy identification of personal property in the event it is lost or stolen.

• License your bicycle – These reduce the number of bicycle thefts in the community.  Click here for a bicycle license application.

• Report public safety concerns to city hall – Contact Lakewood’s customer service team at 562-866-9771, extension 2140 or Service1@lakewoodcity.org to report issues such as graffiti or burnt-out street lights, or use the “Lakewood Connect” mobile app available for download on iPhone and Android smartphones.  Visit www.lakewoodcity.org/apps for details, or search the Google Play Store or the Apple App store for the free "Lakewood Connect" download.

• Communicate with your neighbors – If you see that your neighbors have left their vehicles unlocked or valuables within plain view, left a garage door open for an extended period of time, or left home windows open when you know no one is home, remind them how they can prevent becoming the victim of a burglary. 

• Celebrate Red Ribbon Week - Wearing red during Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31) is an ideal way for people to unite and take a visible stand against drugs.  Show your commitment to a drug-free lifestyle by decorating the front of your home with red ribbons. 

• Review these quick tips to reduce your chances of experiencing a home burglary:

  • Most home burglaries take place during the day while families are at work and children are at school. Protect your home from being targeted by locking windows, doors and gates before you leave.
  • Deter burglars from entering your home by leaving lights and a radio or TV on while you're away. The illusion of someone being home will likely convince burglars that the home is occupied and they will think twice about attempting to enter.
  • When possible, leave a car parked in your drive when you're not home. This adds to the illusion that someone is home.
  • Place "Beware of Dog" signs on your fencing around your backyard. Thieves are unlikely to risk coming in contact with a dog. This is still an effective measure, even if you don't have a dog!

If you see something, say something! Anything unusual or suspicious should be reported to the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station at 562-623-3500. And for crimes in progress, always call 9-1-1. For more information on Neighborhood Watch and the personal crime prevention efforts you can practice, contact the Lakewood Crime Prevention Office at 562-866-9771, extension 2114 or email crimeprevention@lakewoodcity.org