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]