Henry County Police Department
Crime Prevention Tips
The Henry County Police Department is dedicated to our community and the safety of our citizens and businesses. Here are some tips for your home, your business, your family and yourself. There are many things that each community member can do to reduce his or her chances of becoming a victim.
|Burglary Prevention Tips:|
Burglars go through neighborhoods looking for uncut lawns and stuffed mailboxes. In the evening, they look for darkened houses or lights that have been left on too long. Enforcement is a deterrent, but education is our best protection. The following burglary prevention tips will help to make you and your family safer, while showing you how to become a part of the HCPD Team so that we may better serve and protect Henry County—our community – together!
The Burglary Basics:
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- Make your home look occupied, leave lights on when you go out.
- Install deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
- Keep your garage and shed doors closed and locked. Lawnmowers, grills, blowers and bicycles are best stored out of sight.
- Check your locks on doors & windows. Replace
them with secure devices as necessary.
- If you are going away for an extended time, arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail or have a trusted friend or relative check on your
home to pick up the mail and papers deliveries.
- You may also consider making arrangements to
have your lawn cut.
- Never leave keys under doormats, flower pots, mailboxes, or other “secret” hiding places.
- Lock up ladders and tools that could be used to break into your home.
- Display your house number conspicuously and have it well illuminated. This will help police find your home quickly.
- Get an alarm system.
- Request a regular security check by the police.
|Copper Theft Prevention:|
Skyrocketing prices for metals, especially copper, have made what was once a minor nuisance into a major problem costing over $1 billion/year according to the US Dept of Energy. Pipes, wires, cables, gutters, flashing are being torn from walls and buildings. Air units are being stripped of their copper coils. Thieves target copper in vacant buildings or difficult to secure areas, often without power or phone lines. By decreasing the possible profit and increasing the risk of apprehension, potential victims can reduce their chance of becom-ing a target. Enforcement is a deterrent, but education is our best protection. This document provides the basic information that can diminish the chance of becoming a victim of copper theft.
Why are Air Conditioners Targeted?
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- Full of copper components (tubing, condenser coils, etc.) that may be worth a few hundred dollars.
- Easy to dismantle. The components are easy to remove and carry away.
- Often located behind fences or landscaping, or on roofs where thieves can work without being seen.
|Theft from Vehicles Prevention:|
The Henry County Police Department would like to reach out to the community in reminding its citizens that there are ways of preventing crime in your area such as burglaries and auto-mobile break-ins. Thefts occur at all hours whether it is day or night, and our goal is to limit criminal activity by teaching our citizens from becoming victims.
Enforcement is a deterrent, but education is our best protection. The following automobile theft tips will help to make you and your family safer, while showing you how to become a part of the HCPD Team so that we
may better serve and protect Henry County and our communities, together!
The Automobile Break-in Basics:
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- Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle overnight. Take them inside your home.
- If you must leave valuables in your vehicle, place the items out of sight before leaving your vehicle unattended.
- Leave no trace of valuables such as docking stations or cords that belong to your valuables.
- Lock your vehicle at all times. If the vehicle has an alarm system built in, use the alarm to your advantage.
- Be sure to have all windows rolled up when unattended.
- If possible, park your vehicle in a well-lit area. If you have flood lights or motion sensors on or around your residence, a criminal is less likely to break into a vehicle that is visible to the public eye.
- Mark your valuables such as inscribing or engraving a “personal identifier” directly to the item to prove ownership.
|Armed Robbery Response:|
Armed robbery is one of the most serious and potentially dangerous crimes committed in the United States today. A robber commits a hold-up because he believes his profit will be worth the risk. By decreasing the possible profit and increasing the risk of apprehension, potential victims can reduce their chance of becoming a target. Personal safety is always the most important consideration when planning how to react to an armed robbery.
Enforcement is a deterrent, but education is our best protection. This document provides the basic information that can and will diminish the chance of becoming a victim of armed robbery.
What Should I Do During a Robbery?
Stay calm and do not make any sudden moves. It is likely that the robber is more scared than you are and wants to make as quick an exit as he or she possibly can. There are several things that you should do to help police catch the subject.
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- Cooperate with the robber. Do exactly as you are told. Give the robber what he/she wants. Don’t argue. Don’t move too quickly or reach for anything. Tell the robber what you are doing.
- Keep it Short and Smooth. The longer the robbery takes the more nervous the robber is. The average robbery takes less than two minutes.
- Be observant. Pay close attention to the description of the robber and the weapon used. Memorize what they look like and what type of clothing they are wearing. Things such as detailed facial description, complexion, facial hair, color of hair, height, weight, and any unusual disabilities, speech impediments, or tattoos are vital to a conviction. If he displayed a gun, try to memorize if it was large, small, silver, blue, black, etc.
- Call Police. When the robber leaves, call 911 and activate any alarms. Watch which direction he travels. Pay close attention to any vehicles that may be waiting for the perpetrator to escape. Write down any and all license plate numbers and the descriptions of the vehicles.
|Senior Citizens Against Crime:|
As people grow older, their chances of being victims of crime increases dramatically. A lifetime of experience coupled with the physical problems associated with aging, often make older Americans fearful. Although they’re on the lookout constantly for physical attack and burglary, they’re not as alert to frauds and con games.
Enforcement is a deterrent, but education is our best protection. The following senior safety tips will help to make you and your family safer, while showing you
how to become a part of the HCPD Team so that we may serve and protect Henry County and our communities, together!
Be Alert When Out and About:
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- If you must carry a purse, hold it close to your body. Don’t let your purse dangle by the straps on your arm.
- Never carry a wallet in your back pocket. Put it in an inside jacket pocket or front pocket.
- Don’t carry credit cards you don't need or large amounts of cash.
- Use direct deposit for Social Security and other regular checks.
- Go with friends or family, not alone.
- If you are unable to go with friends or family, make sure someone knows where you’re going and when you expect to return.
- Whether you’re a passenger or driver, keep car doors locked and windows up. Be particularly alert in parking lots and garages, and always park in well-lit, busy areas.
- When using the bus or other public transportation, sit near the driver if possible.
- Have your car or house key in hand as you approach your vehicle or home.
|Sexual Assault Prevention:|
Statistics suggest that no one is immune to crime. Understanding how, when, and where crimes occur reduces the risk of becoming a victim.
Enforcement is a deterrent, but education is our best protection. The following sexual assault tips will help to make you or someone you know safer, while showing you how to become a part of the HCPD Team so that we may serve and protect Henry County and our communities, together!
Avoiding Dangerous Situations:
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- Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way to get out of a bad situation.
- Try to avoid isolated areas. It is more difficult to get help is no one is around.
- Walk with purpose. Even if you don't know where you are going, act like you do.
- Trust your instincts. If a situation or location feels unsafe or uncomfortable, it probably isn't the best place to be.
- Try not to load yourself down with packages or bags as this can make you appear more vulnerable.
- Make sure your cell phone is with you, charged, and that you have emergency money.
- Don’t allow yourself to be isolated with someone you don't trust or someone you don't know.
- Avoid putting music headphones in both ears so that you can be more aware of your surroundings, especially if you are walking alone.
- Have your car keys in hand as you approach your vehicle.