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BPD posts tips to prevent being a summer crime victim

Tips to help lessen preventable crimes
Posted: 5:53 AM, Jun 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-25 12:53:39Z

Nicer weather and longer day typically brings more people outside. And with more people, Bakersfield Police officers said that usually brings an uptick in crime.

In the last four weeks the Bakersfield crime map has reported over one thousand thefts, break-ins and stolen vehicles in our area.

To try to prevent future crimes this summer officers are suggesting the following tips to keep yourself safer:

  • Install extra lighting around you home, especially motion detector lights.
  • Trim your brush and shrubs around your home to lessen potential hiding places for thieves.
  • When you're out for a walk, jog or bike ride be aware of your surroundings. 
  • Before going on vacations, cancel your mail, newspaper, and package deliveries.
  • Don't post your travel plans on social media before or during your trip so people know when you won't be home.
  • Don't leave the garage door open or partially open to circulate air when no one is around.
  • Be social around your neighborhood. Talk with your neighbors, know who they are and what normal activity looks like.
  • And if you travel, tell a trusted neighbor to keep an extra eye on your home

Officers also said if you do see something say something. And the best way to reach officers is either their tip line 661-327-7111 or dial 9-1-1.