As the vacation season fast approaches, the Colerain Police Department wants to remind our citizens of the necessary precautions that should be followed in order to prevent and deter burglaries in our community.
Although the number of burglaries in Colerain Township has been generally trending downward from a high of 600 in 1980 to a low of 158 in 2015, we must still be mindful that these crimes can occur. As we all know, there is an epidemic of Heroin and Opiate abuse in the Tri-State area. Most of the recent burglaries and other theft related offenses are fueled by this drug epidemic. The Colerain Police Department wants to encourage our residents to follow the below listed guidelines to prevent and deter burglaries.
·Keep doors and windows securely locked.
·Brace sliding glass doors.
·Lock the door to an attached garage.
·Use light timers to create the illusion that you are home.
Keep the exterior of your home well lit.
·Keep shrubbery trimmed away from entrances and walkways.
·If you have an alarm system, use it.
·Have your mail and newspaper deliveries stopped when on vacation.
·Notify the Colerain Police Department when you are leaving for a vacation.
Do not advertise, via social media, when you are going to be gone for an extended period of time.
Keep valuables in a secure location such as a safety deposit box, wall safe, or security closet.
Record the serial numbers on valuables such as electronics and firearms.
Get to know your neighbors. One of the best burglary prevention tools is a strong neighborhood block watch.
Notify the police if you see any suspicious persons, vehicles, or activity in your neighborhood.
·Complete a Residential Security and Safety Survey which is available on our website at www.colerain.org.
The Colerain Police Department is committed to providing a safe community to our residents and visitors. We will continue to work hard in reducing the level of crime in our neighborhoods. We strongly encourage anyone to call us at 321-COPS (2677) if they have any questions or concerns.