Calling 911 is stressful but call-takers are trained to help you. Knowing what to expect can make calling go smoothly and get you any needed help.
The most common myth surrounding child safety is that strangers pose the biggest safety risk. However, victims and parents know perpetrators who are often family members or trusted friends. Children need protection at home and while they are out. A good approach is to teach children about good “friends” who help during emergencies.
Commercial burglaries are often crimes of opportunity that occur after your business closes. Take an active role to reduce being victimized by considering how your property looks from the burglar’s view and establishing a closing routine or check list to make sure employees lock doors, windows and set the alarm.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a crime prevention concept used to evaluate the physical security of structures. When properly implemented, CPTED can lead to a reduction of fear and incidence of crime while improving quality of life. Using basic CPTED principles, your security can be evaluated and vulnerable areas managed.
Domestic violence occurs when someone uses a pattern of physical, sexual and/or emotionally abusive behaviors to maintain control over an intimate partner or family member. Abusers use fear, guilt, shame and intimidation techniques but often escalate from verbal abuse to physical violence. Physical violence, or the threat of, is an immediate danger but the long-term emotional and psychological consequences are severe. It can happen to anyone.
Drug awareness provides a reality check and resource for parents to understand the issues their children are experiencing. Children are bombarded with opportunities, from egging to shoplifting and experimenting, using and abusing drugs is every parent’s nightmare. Recognizing the signs and behaviors of drug abuse and working with your child is better than going through drug treatment later. A parent’s biggest asset is communication and setting high family values.
Parents should look for clues and common warning signs that their child might be involved in a gang. Being alert and involved in a child’s daily activities is very important. Indicators alone, such as clothes or musical preferences, are common youth trends and do not prove gang involvement. Learn the basics about your local gang culture and seek help early on. Consider contacting school personnel, local law enforcement, faith leaders and community organizations for additional assistance.
Graffiti is a crime and has a negative impact on the entire community. Taggers typically ply their "trade" in the dark, are rarely seen and are hard to catch but their crime is left for all to see. The key to graffiti prevention is the combination of community involvement, targeted law enforcement action, youth involvement and using both the criminal and civil legal processes.
Computers and the internet expose children to a whole new world. Their education, social life, friends and networking capabilities are endless with the incredible amount of information available to them. However, there are dangers when exploring the information highway. Don’t let children become victims.
Being a pedestrian can be risky business. According to the National Traffic Safety Administration, a pedestrian is injured in a traffic related collision on average every seven minutes. Protect yourself!
The odds of being victimized while in public is low. However, personal safety is at risk anytime you go out and you must protect yourself. Remember, criminals often plan crimes and look for the right opportunity with the easiest victim. Your best defense is to plan ahead.
Burglary victims often feel vulnerable and violated as their personal space has been invaded. Residential burglaries statistically occur during the day while families are at work or school. The most common entry technique is a hard kick to the door which forces the wooden jamb to give way. Protect your home and make it a less likely target.
Business and property owners may face crime that occurs on their property. Through posting and enforcing the City of Everett’s Municipal Trespass Ordinance, police officers and property owners can work together to discourage crime. If property owners file a Notice Of Intent To Prosecute with the Everett Police Department and post ample warnings on the property specific terminology, officers have the authority to enter private property and issue Criminal Trespass citations.
Citizen volunteers provide a valuable service by checking homes when residents are out of town on vacation. They check to make sure your home is secure and call patrol officers if something unusual or suspicious is found. Contact us for this free service.
Vehicle prowls are the theft of property from a motor vehicle. Most are crimes of opportunity by breaking a window when the criminal sees personal property in plain sight and victims are left with expensive repair bills. Large parking lots are prime targets for prowlers since multiple vehicles can be hit in a short time and the odds are high that someone will leave a door unlocked, a window down and expensive personal property in the car.
Workplace violence is not common but can be deadly. Your daily interactions with coworkers can de-escalate potentially violent situations. However, if a person’s behavior escalates beyond a reasonable level or they become physical - Disengage and immediately call 911.