Tips for residents – from the Fairfax County Police Department

DO’S AND DON’T’S TO PREVENT HOME BURGLARIES

  • DO make your home look like you’re there. Lights turned off and on by timers give your home a “lived in look” when you’re away.
  • DO have good locks. A high quality, one-inch deadbolt lock on every outside door is a basic requirement.
  • DON’T leave your home unlocked, even for a brief trip to the store or a visit to the neighbor across the street.
  • Many homes have been burglarized in just such short periods of time.
  • DON’T hide a key outside your home. Leave the extra key with a trusted neighbor or friend. If you have deadbolt cylinder locks you must use a key to lock the door, and can’t possibly lock yourself out.
  • DON’T put a name or address tag on your house or car keys. That’s an open invitation to an unwelcome visitor should you every lose your keys.
  • DO plug a radio into a timer set to go on when you’re away. Set the radio to all-talk station, leave the volume low, and give a would-be burglar the impression you’re talking to someone. Light and noise are burglars’ worst enemies.

WATCH OUT!

Be alert for strangers in your neighborhood! So many burglaries could be stopped or prevented if only more people would report suspicious happenings.

If your doors or windows look as if they’ve been tampered with, notify the police. Ask the neighbor who’s watching your home while you’re gone to check it carefully for you.

Notify the police immediately of any suspicious people, trucks or cars in theĀ  neighborhood. Don’t worry about being a nuisance. Your police department will welcome your call and the opportunity to prevent a burglary. Remember, your belongings are yours; keeping them out of the hands of burglars and thieves is your responsibility.

Vandalism to homes, automobiles and other property is a major problem throughout Fairfax County.

To report something or someone suspicious, use the Fairfax County Police Department non-emergency number, 703-691-2131. For events that are life-threatening or immediately damaging to property, Call 9ll.

When You Should Call the Police

  • Whenever you observe suspicious events, even though you may not be the only person observing them, call the police.
  • Never think that the next person will do what you should do. The police department would rather get numerous calls on the same event than none at all.
  • Often citizens fail to call because they are not sure if what they see or hear is suspicious. If you are in doubt, call the police immediately. Don’t wait to talk it over with friends or neighbors. Valuable police response time is lost this way.
  • Don’t be concerned about “bothering” your police department because you won’t be. Don’t dwell on any possible embarrassment you might feel if your call about a suspicious person or event should prove to be unfounded. Think instead of what could have happened had you not called. You, your loved ones, friends or neighbors could become the victims of a criminal act.

CALL YOUR POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR CRIME PREVENTION SERVICES

The Fairfax County Police Department offers a wide range of free crime prevention services to citizens. They include steps you can take to avoid being the victim of crime against property. The services are free and appointments may be made by calling the Police District Station nearest your home.

Fair Oaks District Station
703-591-0966
12300 Lee-Jackson Memorial Highway

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