Safety & Security

 IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

If you have just witnessed a crime or have just been a victim, call 911 immediately! Remember to notify the police of any suspicious activity or suspicious vehicles, and call the Police Department immediately at:
(662) 895-4111 or 911.

EMERGENCY or CRIME IN PROGRESS – 911

Non-Emergency Police Dispatch (662) 895-4111

Police Chief Don Gammage (662) 892-9400

Crime Stoppers (DeSoto County) (662) 429-8477

Sheriff’s Department DeSoto County (662) 429-1470

10 QUICK SECURITY TIPS
 1. Keep all doors and windows closed and securely fastened. An open window
or door is an open invitation for burglars. Thieves are also quick to spot weak
locks that may be easily forced open. Doors should have deadbolt locks with
a one inch throw and reinforced strike plate with three-inch screws. All
windows should have window locks.
 2. Secure sliding glass doors. Place a metal rod or piece of plywood in the
track and install vertical bolts. These will help prevent burglars from forcing
the door open or lifting it off the track.
 3. Always lock the door to an attached garage. Don’t rely on your automatic
garage door opener for security.
 4. Create the illusion that you are home by using timers on lights, radios and
TV’s. Making your residence appear occupied, even when no one is home,
will deter criminals.
 5. Keep the perimeter of your home well lighted. Installing low voltage outdoor
lighting is a cost-effective way to discourage intruders, as well as highlight a
house.
 6. Never leave clues that you are away on a trip. Have a trusted neighbor collect
mail and newspapers while you are away so delivered items do not
accumulate. You can also ask a neighbor to park in your driveway or parking
place to make it appear that you are present.
 7. Keep some shades and blinds up and curtains open to maintain a normal,
everyday appearance in your residence.
 8. Never leave a message on your telephone answering machine telling people
that you are away from home. A message that you will return at a certain time
leaves your home vulnerable in the interim.
 9. Keep shrubbery trimmed away from entrances and walkways. While large,
ornate hedges may be beautiful; they also provide a hiding place for burglars
who need only a minute to break in through a window or door.
10.Organize community watch program to protect your neighborhood. An alert
community is a safe community.

PREVENTING CAR BREAK-INS
No neighborhood is immune from car break-ins. It happens in all communities. Most often, car break-ins occur during the early morning hours when the risk of discovery is low. Persons who commit these types of crimes can be juveniles on a dare, or addicts desperate for something to trade or pawn to support their habits.

OTHER TIPS
Secure your vehicle safely in the garage or park your vehicle as close to you residence as            possible.
Do not leave anything in your vehicle that would tempt somebody to break in. Remove all valuables or secure them out of sight in your trunk.
If your car stereo has a removable faceplate, remove it. Do not leave CDs in the car.
Lock your car doors. Some thieves go from car to car trying doors. Chances are they will simply move on to the next car. Unlocked vehicles provide places for people to sleep, hide, or engage in drug activity.
DO NOT confront the suspect. DO NOT compromise your safety. If you are in a car, flashing your high beams or honking your horn is enough to alert him of your presence. People will likely not commit a crime when they know someone is watching.
Develop a telephone or email tree of neighbors wishing to participate in a Neighborhood Security Alert group. Notify each other of criminal and suspicious activity so all can be aware and alert and take precautions.

PUT YOUR CAR KEYS BESIDE YOUR BED AT NIGHT
If you hear a noise outside of your home or someone trying to get into your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off and the horn will continue to sound either until you turn it off or the car battery dies. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: it’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the remote unit. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are that the burglar/rapist won’t stick around…. After a few seconds all of the neighbors will be looking out of their windows to see who is out there, and sure enough the criminal won’t want that! And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there.

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