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Fireworks

It is that time of year where fireworks are more common, especially around the 4th of July. Watch our short Along for the Ride video to find out more about fireworks.

Burglary Prevention
Criminals usually enter homes the easiest way they can – through unlocked or open doors, garage doors or windows. Home burglaries often occur during the day, although night-time thefts from garages are also common. Please keep a watchful eye out and call 9-1-1 immediately if you see or hear anything suspicious.

Example of Suspicious Activity

  • People lurking around who do not belong, looking in windows of homes or vehicles, or who seem to be hiding from passing traffic.
  • A vehicle running with a driver waiting inside.
  • The sound of breaking glass.

Steps to Reduce the Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Home Burglary

  • Keep your overhead garage door closed at all times.
  • Lock all exterior doors, including garage services doors -- even when you’re home.
  • Keep windows closed and locked.
  • Make your home look occupied when you are gone, especially if you will be away for long periods of time.
  • Consider having a premise security survey done. This is a free service to Plymouth residents. Call the Crime Prevention Unit at 763-509-5147 to schedule one.

Keep the Relaxation in Vacation: Burglary Prevention While you are away 
Vacations are supposed to be fun and relaxing. Being prepared is the best way to make sure you stay safe while traveling, however, vacation safety needs to start before you even leave home. After all, what can ruin a fun, safe vacation faster than coming home and finding that someone has broken into your home? Follow the above steps, and:

  • Arrange to have someone check on your home for you while you are gone and keep up with lawn care, snow removal, mail, newspapers, and garbage.
  • Make sure that individual also has a way to get in touch with you in case of an emergency.

Theft from Auto Prevention

Car break-ins are a very common crime in the metro area. Like, burglary, criminals are often looking for easy opportunity and valuables left in plain view. Items that are commonly stolen from vehicles include: GPS units, purses, briefcases/bags, laptop computers, cell phones/iPods, tools, garage door openers, stereos and electronic equipment, loose change, and sunglasses. 

However, thieves don't just break into vehicles to remove valuables. Due to an increase in precious metal prices and gas prices, thieves have also targeted the exterior of the vehicle. Commonly stolen items from vehicle exteriors are: license plates, license tabs, and catalytic converters.

To reduce the chance of becoming a victim of a theft from auto, follow some simple tips:

  • Remove all valuables from your vehicle
  • If valuables cannot be removed, place them in a locked truck before you reach your destination
  • Park in well-lit or easily observable places
  • Lock your car and take your keys
  • Secure license plates with specialized theft prevention screws.

For more information on theft from auto, we have provided several brochures for you to download.