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Crime Prevention Tips

Bicycle Safety

You can maintain a safety plan for yourself and loved ones or friends by adhering to a few quick reminders and common sense suggestions:

  • Chaperon small children - adults should accompany small children whenever practicable.
  • Obey all traffic control devices - don't impede other traffic - it's the law.
  • Never ride between parked vehicles - motorists may not see you.
  • Properly equip your bicycle - with lights and audible warning devices (bells, etc.)
  • Ride with traffic - while maintaining a safe distance from motor vehicles and pedestrian traffic.
  • Wear a helmet - for children it's the law!

Internet Safety Tips for Children

With the ever-increasing popularity of the internet and the so-called "information super highway," it has become imperative that children's access be continually monitored.  Below are just a few suggestions as to how you may protect your child against potential pitfalls and danger.

  • Familiarize yourself with the services your child utilizes.  You may want to "block" information you find objectionable.
  • Never allow a child to arrange face-to-face meetings with anyone.
  • Never allow children to respond to messages that are suggestive, obscene or threatening.
  • Never give out identifying information such as home address, school name or telephone number in public places such as bulletin boards or chat rooms.
  • Remind your child that people online may not be who they seem to be.

Residential

We are quite fortunate in Bronxville to have garnered a reputation as a very law abiding, orderly community based upon courtesy and an undeniable sense of good will. However, a criminal element exists at all times in society, and we must take measures to protect our interests.  Making one's home and property as "crime-proof" as possible is really quite simple. While some of the tips below may seem rather "matter-of-fact," they can be of great assistance.

  • Lock doors and windows at all times, even when you are out of the house for a short while.
  • Engage your alarm whenever appropriate and keep the alarm code restricted only to family members and "emergency contacts."
  • Keep lights on whenever possible.  Potential burglars or other criminals are furtive by nature, and they shy away from well-lit areas.
  • Remain wary of any unusual circumstances and/or individuals who appear to have no purpose for driving in the area.  Again, as the saying goes, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

Vehicle Safety

Safeguarding one's vehicle is another aspect of preventative enforcement which many people too often take for granted.  Adhere to a few obvious, yet overlooked tips and you will help to minimize the chances of having your day ruined by a would-be car thief or vandal.

  • Lock your vehicle at all times.
  • Never leave your vehicle running and unattended, even for short periods.
  • Garage your vehicle whenever possible.
  • Keep valuables out of sight (cell phone, pagers, etc.)
  • Don't keep original documents in your vehicle, make copies of required personal papers and/or documents and keep the originals at home.

Just a Reminder

As you must have heard by now, driving while speaking on a hand-held cell phone is ILLEGAL, save for exigent circumstances.  Please be safe and use only speaker phones in your vehicle or wait until you've reached your destination to make your call.