Safety and Awareness

The most important thing you can do is CALL THE POLICE to report a crime, or any suspicious activity. You have to be the eyes of your neighborhood!!

Laketown is built on the strength of our residents. Every day, we encounter situations calling upon us to be the eyes and ears of law enforcement. Not only does neighborhood watch allow citizens to help in the fight against crime, it is also an opportunity for communities to bond through service. The Neighborhood Watch draws upon the compassion of average citizens, asking them to lend their neighbors a hand.

What are some benefits of a Neighborhood Watch ?

  • Partnerships with Law Enforcement and your Neighborhood
  • Reduction in Crime
  • A More Secure and Better Prepared Hometown
  • A More United Community
  • Improved Communications

Burglary Prevention Tips

Burglary basics:

  • Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
  • Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
  • Leave lights or the television on when you go out.
  • If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timer to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked.
  • Let your neighbors know when you will be out of town so they can look for anything suspicious.
  • Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold you’re mail, or have a friend or neighbor to pick them up regularly.
  • Arrange for you’re lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
  • Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
  • Sliding glass doors are venerable. Special locks are available for better security.

Don’t tempt a thief:

  • Lawn mowers, snow blowers, barbecues and bicycles are best stored out of sight.
  • Always lock your garden sheds and garages.
  • Use caution on garage and basement windows.
  • Keep blinds closed during the day when you are away.
  • Never leave notes on your door such as “gone shopping”.

Targeting the Outside:

  • Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for back yards.
  • Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.
  • Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.

If Your Home Is Broken Into:

  • Do not enter if you find open or broken windows or doors. The perpetrator may still be inside.
  • Use a neighbor’s phone or a cell phone to call police.
  • Write down the license plate number of any suspicious vehicles.
  • Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.
  • Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.

Other precautions you should take:

  • Never leave keys under doormats, flower pots, mailboxes or other "secret" hiding places - buglers know where to look for hidden keys.
  • Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase, original value, and serial numbers.
  • Keep a copy in a safe place away from the home. This is a good precaution in case of fire or other disasters.Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
  • Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 911 immediately.
  • Consider installing a burglar alarm system.