With spring in the air, crime is also sure to follow.
The Crime Prevention Unit is warning residents to take extra precautions to protect themselves and their belongings, as warmer weather also creates new opportunities for would-be criminals.
Here are a few tips from police:
• Always keep your home’s doors and windows locked when you leave, even if just for a short period of time
• Secure all lawn and gardening equipment in your garage
• Keep your garage door closed and locked
• Never leave your garage open and unattended
• Always secure bicycles
• Do not allow solicitors into your home
• Be cautious of solicitors or contractors who offer to repair your home at a “deep discount” and/or who request cash up front to complete the work
• Become active in your Neighborhood Watch
• Do not allow mail or newspapers to build up in your mailbox or on your porch
• If you go on vacation, register your home with the Dearborn Police Reserve Vacation House Check program at 313-943-2241
• Keep your vehicle’s doors locked and windows closed
• Do not keep valuables in your vehicle (GPS units, laptops, iPods)
• Be aware of your surroundings
• Report any suspicious activity to the Dearborn Police Department’s Suspicious Activity line at 313-943-3030.
All residents are also encouraged to sign up to receive free text or email emergency alerts directly from the Dearborn Police Department through the NIXLE system. Text 48126 to phone number 888-777 on your cell phone (normal text messaging rates may apply) or log onto www.nixle.com to set up a free account.
Residents can also contact the Dearborn Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit at 313-943-3092 with additional questions.