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    If you thought crooks were watching, would you be more mindful of your surroundings? 

    With spring here and longer days, perhaps it’s time for some outside athletic activities: such as bicycling, walking, hiking, or playing sports. 

    The Simi Valley Police Department would like to remind the community by taking preventive steps you can reduce your chance of becoming a crime victim. 

    Here are some simple steps to do to keep your valuables where they belong – with you:

    § Before you park your vehicle in the parking lot, remember would-be thieves are watching to see if you remove or hide your valuables in your car as you exit.

    § Harden the Target – always roll up all windows and lock your vehicle doors – unlocked doors are the number one way thieves get into vehicles in Simi Valley. 

    § Before going on an adventure, carry your ID, cash, or credit cards on your person. Leave your purse , wallet and other items at home, so they don’t fall into the hands of crooks looking for an opportunity to steal from you.

    § Plan your route ahead of time and use well-lit streets in case of darkness.

    § Be alert to your surroundings; look around you while you are working out. 

    § If you are playing sports, lock your bag with your ID inside to a fixed object. Find a pole/fence; wrap a cable around it and your bag. Secure it with a lock.

    § While bicycling; share the road, never ride against traffic, avoid riding on the sidewalk, never wear headphones/earbuds in both ears (it’s illegal and dangerous), and always lock the frame and both wheels to a fixed object using a U-shaped lock and a cable.

    § Take a minute and look around. Is there anyone acting suspicious? Call SVPD (805) 583-6950 and report any suspicious activity – If you see it report it! 

    For additional information regarding Crime Prevention a nd Neighborhood Watch, please contact Jean-Marie Maroshek of the Crime Analysis and Prevention Unit at (805) 583-6276 or [email protected]

     


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