Property crimes are the most prevalent, as well the most preventable, crimes we respond to.
•If a door has a lock, use it. This includes the door from your garage to your residence. Keep exterior doors locked even when you are home.
•If you use a remote to lock your car check each door to ensure it locked.
•Leave your exterior home lights on and/or utilize motion detecting lights.
•Whether they are in your car, garage or house, don't keep valuables in plain sight. This includes your garage door opener.
•Removing valuables from your car is better than hiding them. This includes your garage door opener and any spare keys.
•Keep your garage door closed at all times. This is the number one way to reduce most of the property crime we encounter.
•Report suspicious activity and all criminal activity immediately. When we investigate property crime we often learn of neighbors who may have had a vehicle or garage gone through but did not report it. Whether it's a criminal or suspicious activity, please report it.
•Incorporate these tips into an evening routine.
Our non-emergency dispatch number, (608)270-4300 is staffed by a City of Fitchburg dispatcher 24 hours a day. If in doubt about suspicious activity or you wish to make a report, please call us.
Please share these tips with your neighbors. While you may practice these crime prevention techniques, a neighbor who does not may be unknowingly welcoming criminals into your neighborhood. Don't know your neighbors? Go introduce yourself. Neighbors who know each other and their neighbor's routines are more likely to notice and report suspicious activity.
Thank you for partnering with us to prevent crime in our community.