101 4th Street SE
Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)
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Crime Prevention Tips
- Many burglars will spend no more than 60 seconds attempting to break into a home. Make sure every external door has sturdy, well-installed deadbolt locks.
- Sliding glass doors offer easy access if not properly secured. You can secure them by installing commercially available locks or putting a broomstick or wooden dowel in the inside track to jam the door.
- Never hide house keys under the door mat or a rock that is near your door. Most burglars know that trick. Instead give an extra key to a trusted neighbor.
- When you move to a new house or apartment, have a competent locksmith rekey the locks.
- All outside doors to your home should be metal or solid wood.
- Install a peephole in all entry doors so you can see who is outside without opening the door.
- Don't use door chains; they break easily and don't keep intruders out.
- Prune back shrubbery and trees so that they don't obscure windows or doors.
- Install outdoor floodlights or motion-sensor lights to eliminate any areas where someone might hide.
- When you go out of town, give your house that " lived-in look " by putting a few of your light on timers. Also, stop your mail and newspaper delivery or have a trusted neighbor pick it up for you.
- Don't leave anything, such as ladders or tools, lying around that can be used to break into your home.
- If you are a female and you live alone, don't advertise it by putting " Miss Jane Doe " on your doorbell or mailbox. Just put the initial of your first name and your last name, " J. Doe. "
- Mark all of your valuables with your license number. Engravers are available from the Rochester Police Department on a loan-out basis.
- Consider installing metal grills on windows, but make sure they are easily removed from the inside in case of fire or other emergency.
- Ask a trusted neighbor to watch your home while you are away.
- Write down and report to the police license numbers on vehicles used by suspicious persons in your neighborhood.
- Join a Neighborhood Watch Group. If one doesn't exist, start one with the help of your local law enforcement agency.
- While driving, lock your doors and roll up your windows. Park in a well-lit area and keep all valuables out of sight and in the trunk.
- While walking, avoid isolated areas. Walk confidently and with another person if possible. Don't carry a lot of cash and avoid wearing anything that would attract unwanted attention like furs or jewelry.
- When answering the door, never let in a stranger for any reason.
- Always ask service people for identification before letting them in your house. You may want to contact the company to verify their identity.
- Never, ever pick up hitchhikers.
- Beware of a stranger who approaches you with a " great " business opportunity. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
- Never leave your keys in your car, for any reason.
- Never leave your car doors unlocked.
- If possible, choose a parking lot with an attendant.
- Remove any identification from your personal key ring.
- Be aware of your surroundings - know who's out there and what's going on.
- Trust your instincts. If a situation or place makes your feel uncomfortable or uneasy, leave.