LOOKING OUT FOR SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY
Things to watch out for in your neighborhood:
- A person running from a car.
- A person screaming. If you can’t explain the screams, call law enforcement and report them.
- A person going door to door in the neighborhood.
- A person looking into windows and parked cars.
- A person asking about past residents.
- A person loitering or wandering through your neighborhood.
- Unusual or suspicious noises that you cannot explain, such as breaking glass or pounding.
- Vehicles moving slowly without lights or any apparent destination.
- Business transactions conducted from a vehicle. This could involve the sales of drugs or stolen goods.
- Offers of merchandise available for low prices. The merchandise may be stolen.
- A person removing property from a closed business or unoccupied home.
- A stranger entering a neighbor home when it appears unoccupied.
- A child resisting the advances of an adult.
- A vehicle or house alarm.
HOW TO REPORT A CRIME OR SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY
Law enforcement needs quick, accurate information about crimes in progress and/or suspicious activity. It is also important to know how and when to use the emergency 9-1-1 system, and when it is more appropriate to use a non-emergency phone line.
Examples of when to use 9-1-1 include:
- A house on fire.
- Firearm shots heard.
- A burglary is in progress.
- A person with a gun is seen.
- There has been a major accident with serious injuries.
- A person is having a heart attack.
Examples of when to use the non-emergency phone line include:
- A car was stolen last night.
- Your home was broken into while you were at work
- A traffic light is broken.
- There has been a minor traffic accident with no injuries.
- A dog is barking causing a disturbance.
When reporting a crime or suspicious activity, here's how you can help:
- Give law enforcement your name.
- Describe the event briefly and state concisely what, where, when and how it happened and who did it if you know.
- State if the crime is in progress or if it has already occurred.
- Describe the suspects sex, race, age, height, weight, hair color, clothing, accent, beard or mustache, and distinctive characteristics.
- If a vehicle is involved, describe its color, make, model, year, license plate, special markings, dents, and the direction it went.
HOME SECURITY TIPS
- Simple Tips to Secure Your Home:
- Lock all gates to side and backyards.
- Keep bushes and trees neatly landscaped.
- Use good door locks with deadbolts.
- Install a peephole.
- Secure sliding doors with broomstick or lock devices.
- Secure windows with metal lock devices. Keep your property well lit.
- Secure your garage door, don't leave it open during day.
- Tell your neighbors when leaving on vacation. Also, if notified, the Mammoth Lakes Police Officers can conduct routine checks on your residence while you are away.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH GROUP ACTIVE
- A decline in crime is not a reason to disband your Neighborhood Watch group. The following activities sponsored by your group can improve your community's safety and well-being.
- Be observant and alert police about crime and suspicious activities on your streets or around apartment complexes.
- Create a phone number resources list for your group which can be used for emergencies, victim services, lighting, street repair, mediation services, youth activities etc.
- Work with local building code officials to require adequate locks and other security devices in new homes and buildings.
- Publish a local news letter that provides crime news, crime prevention tips, and recognizes the accomplishments of Neighborhood Watch members.
- Have regular meetings that educate members about elderly neighbors, drug abuse, crime in schools, after-school programs, child safety, etc.
How to contact the Mammoth Lakes Police Department:
Non-Emergency (760) 934-2011
Crime Prevention Unit (760) 934-2011 X 14