Below are some tips from the Bayonne Police Department to help you prevent crimes before they occur.
• Replace locks on newly acquired residence.
• Install dead bolt or pin-tumbler locks on all outside doors.
• Install double cylinder locks on all outside doors that have glass panels.
• Make sure all moldings fit tightly.
• Doors hinged inside prevents removal of pins from the outside.
• Install locks on all windows.
• Install a modern up-dated electronic security system.
• Large amounts on money and other such valuables should not be left at home.
• Identify party at the door before allowing entrance to your home.
• Keep outside doors locked at all times.
• Keep garage and tool shed locked at all times.
• Remove shrubs and trees next to your house that can conceal a burglar breaking in.
• Avoid revealing your address and phone number to strangers.
• You make the call for strangers requesting to use your phone.
• Coats and purses of guests should be placed in a well secured room.
• Keep a written record of all valuables with serial numbers.
• Engrave your driver’s license on all valuable property, photographs, or valuables.
• Should an intruder’s presence be detected, do not confront him/her, call the police.
• Do not enter your house if you see traces of forced entry, call the police.
• When retiring for the night, do not leave money or personal valuables exposed.
• Keep a nightlight at all outside entrances.
• Replace locks immediately if you lose your key.
• Separate the keys of your house and auto when leaving your car in parking lot.
• Do not have any identification tags on your key ring.
WHEN ON VACATION OR AWAY
• Create a lived in appearance to discourage intruders.
• Do not leave notes on doors for delivery men, this indicates your absence.
• Before departing, make sure all windows and doors are locked.
• Do not leave “hidden keys” lying around.
• By leaving a key with a trusted neighbor, he can periodically check your home.
• Have your lawn maintained during extended absence.
• Stop all mail and newspaper deliveries during extended absence.
• Do not publicize your extended absence.
• Inform local police of your plans.
• Arrange draperies, blinds and shades in normal position.
• Have a modern electronic security system stand guard.
• Acquire timers for radios and lights.
• Inform your trusted neighbor where you can be reached.
Internet Safety Tips For Kids
Never give out identifying information such as name, home address, school name, or telephone number in a chat room or on bulletin boards. Never send a person a picture of you without first checking with your parent or guardian. Never respond to messages or bulletin board items that are suggestive, obscene, belligerent, threatening or make you feel uncomfortable. Be careful when someone offers you something for nothing, such as gifts or someone offering to visit your house.
Tell your parent or guardian right away if you come across any information that makes you feel uncomfortable. Never arrange a face to face meeting without telling your parent or guardian. If your parent or guardian agree to the meeting, make sure you meet in a public place and have a parent or guardian with you. Remember that people online may not be who they seem. Because you can’t see or even hear the person it would be easy for someone to misrepresent themselves. Be sure that you are dealing with someone that you and your parents know and trust before giving out any personal information about yourself via e-mail or chat. Get to know your “online friends” just as you get to know all your other friends.
Tips for Parents
While on-line computer exploration opens a world of possibilities for children, expanding their horizons and exposing them to different cultures and ways of life, they can be exposed to dangers as they hit the road exploring the information highway. There are individuals who attempt to sexually exploit children through the use of on-line services and the Internet. Some of these individuals gradually seduce their targets through the use of attention, affection, kindness, and even gifts. These individuals are often willing to devote considerable amounts of time, money, and energy in this process. They listen to and empathize with the problems of children. They will be aware of the latest music, hobbies, and interests of children. These individuals attempt to gradually lower children’s inhibitions by slowly introducing sexual context and content into their conversations. There are other individuals, however, who immediately engage in sexually explicit conversation with children. Some offenders primarily collect and trade child-pornographic images, while others seek face-to-face meetings with children via on-line contacts. It is important for parents to understand that children can be indirectly victimized through conversation, i.e. “chat,” as well as the transfer of sexually explicit information and material. Computer-sex offenders may also be evaluating children they come in contact with on-line for future face-to-face contact and direct victimization. Parents and children should remember that a computer-sex offender can be any age or sex. The person does not have to fit the caricature of a dirty, unkempt, older man wearing a raincoat to be someone who could harm a child. This guide was prepared from actual investigations involving child victims, as well as investigations where law enforcement officers posed as children.