Street Light Repairs - properly functioning streetlights are an important part of the Neighborhood Watch Program. *All residents are responsible for the street light nearest their home. To report street lights out, interruption of service, or wires down, contact OPPD at 1-800-554-6773.
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Home Security Tips
Courtesy: Omaha Police Department
Is there a burglar working your neighborhood?
Burglars and other criminals often strike neighborhoods where residents do not watch out for each other, or do not call the police when they observe suspicious activity. It is very important that you be alert to the following activities, that may be happening in your area:
Burglaries and other crime can be stopped if you and your neighbors get involved.
Keep a list of Neighborhood Watch members on your refrigerator or near the main telephone in your house.
When you notice suspicious activity, call the police at 911. Then, call other Neighborhood Watch members to notify them of the activity so they can secure their homes, turn on lights, and be alert for further activity.
Be prepared to do your civic duty in reporting crime, being a witness for the police, and testifying in court, if called upon to do so.
Develop good habits in personal and home safety so that you re not an easy target for a criminal.
Don't Make It Easy
Never allow strangers to enter your home for any reason such as using your telephone or bathroom. Call 911 for them if they need help.
Be wary of sales people, solicitors, or others who claim to be legitimate. Make them prove it with identification. Then call back to their office to verify it.
Remember, a burglar has to knock on your door to see if someone is home, just like anyone else does. If someone is at your door and you are not expecting a visitor or do not already know them, you should become suspicious.
Never leave house keys under the door mat, in the mail box, etc., burglars check these places.
Make sure your home is secured with good doors, windows and locks. Then keep them closed and locked when you are away, even if you will only be in the yard or next door.
Place valuables such as extra cash and jewelry in a bank or safety deposit box.
Keep your shrubs and trees trimmed so they do not become places for intruders to hide. Keep your property neat so burglars know that someone cares for it.
When you are away from your home, make sure things appear as if someone were home. Leaving a radio or television on, the usual lights on, a car in the driveway and using timers are just a few good precautions.
If you will be gone for an extended period, make sure a trusted neighbor will watch your home for you, pick up your mail and call the police if suspicious activity occurs. Also notify the police of your plans. This information will be provided to the officers who patrol your area.
If you have an automatic garage door opener, never exit the garage until the door has closed and you are sure no one entered when the door was open.
Install lights over all doors, and mount spot lights on each corner of the house to illuminate all exterior walls.
Record All Valuable Property:
Keep a record of serial numbers, along with photos and/or a detailed description of your property.
Sliding Doors and Windows:
Cut a heavy dowel or broom handle to the length of the bottom track and lay it in the track so that the door or window will not slide open when forced. Your door and window dealer also sells devices that serve this purpose.
Basement or Kitchen Doors and Windows:
Consider securing with strong ornamental grills or screens.
Should be secured with quality locking devices. Small wooden blocks or similar devices should be installed in the side tracks to limit the height that the windows can be opened to four (4) inches.
Should be closed and properly locked. All ladders and tools that may help a burglar break into your house should be locked in the garage or house.
Porch and Yard:
Should be clear of all newspapers and circulars. Keep the grass mowed and the snow shoveled.
Any dog that barks loudly when a stranger comes to the door is a good deterrent. The noise will scare away most burglars.
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You should ALWAYS report suspicious activity to the police, whether or not it occurs during the day or at night, by calling the non-emergency dispatch hotline for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 333-1000. Some people fail to call the police simply because they are not aware of what might be suspicious. Others may hesitate to call for fear that the suspicious activity may not be considered “important” enough. But, it is better to call and report suspicious activity, than to do nothing about it.
National Night Out is a community-police awareness-raising event held annually on the first Tuesday of August. This event has been held annually since 1984, and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada. The event is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, Neighborhood Watch, and other anti-crime efforts. Initially communities held lights-on vigils. These days, many neighborhoods hold block parties, festivals, and other events to help bring neighbors together.