Police: Spring break time for being safe

Published 6:48 pm Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Here’s a simple question:

If you’re locked out of your house, can you still get in?

That may sound like a trick question, but it isn’t. The question, say Troy Police officials, is a serious one that addresses safety and security.

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As college students and residents in Troy ready for sping break trips and travel, Troy Police are once again cautioning residents to think smart.

If you’re leaving town for spring break, police remind you to:

• Close and lock all windows, close all shades, drapes and blinds

• Close and lock all entrance doors to your suite or apartment as well as your room

• Take valuables (jewelry, money, laptops, etc.) home with you for safe keeping

• Avoid leaving valuables (televisions, video games, etc) in the common areas

• Take this property with you if possible

• Your voice mail should never indicate that you are not at home

• If you leave your car on campus roll up the windows and lock the doors

• Park in a well-lit location

• Remove any valuables from your car

• If you leave your bicycle on campus/apartment, make sure it is secure

For folks remaining in town:

• Be alert for persons “hanging around” your apartment or the residence halls

• Immediately report suspicious persons to the Police.

• Lock your doors and close your windows when you leave your apartment

• Do not open your door until you know who is knocking.

And remember, police say, if you can get in your house – despite not having your keys –so can a burglar.