Thanksgiving Break Tips!
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and soon staff and students will evacuate the northwest quadrant of town and head home for the holidays. Unfortunately this means that burglars will take advantage of the lack of population in that area. The northwest quadrant of town experiences numerous break-ins when school is not in session. Here are some tips to reduce your chances of becoming a victim.
- Take your valuables home with you. Laptops, music players, video game systems and televisions are the most commonly stolen items over break. To reduce the chances that your stuff is stolen, take it home with you.
- Make sure before you leave that all of your doors and windows are locked. The most common entry point for a burglar is a side or rear window. If they can find one unlocked then they can get in to your residence and walk out with your stuff. Not only should you lock your windows but we also suggest that you put a stick in the window to keep a burglar from pushing it upwards if they figure out how to bypass your lock.
- Mark your items with your driver’s license number. As part of Operation ID we suggest that you use an engraver to mark those valuable items that you just cannot take with you. When you do this it makes it harder for a criminal to take the item to a pawn shop and pawn it with someone else’s driver’s license number already engraved on it. You can check out an engraver from the Macomb Police Department Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. In addition, Operation ID advises to make a list of all your valuables to include the make, model, serial number or detailed description. Photographs help too! This way if you do become a victim you can provide the reporting officer this detailed list of what was stolen. This helps us to try to recover your valuables.
- Leave lights on in your residence and/or put them on a timer. If a residence looks like it is occupied then a burglar may bypass it.
- The Macomb Police Department does it’s best to provide extra patrol to the northwest quadrant of town when students are on break however we cannot be everywhere. We ask you the student to help us reduce crime by taking your valuables home.