The Chapel Hill Police Department is encouraging everyone to “Think Safety” around the holidays. Steps are being taken to assist members of the community to remain as safe as possible through the new year.
“We typically see an increase in property crimes around the holidays with many residents traveling, leaving their homes vacant for extended periods of time,” said Police Chief and Executive Director for Community Safety Chris Blue. “We encourage neighbors to look out for each other, to fill out a House Check form with the CHPD, and to call us if you need us.”
We will have additional officers working around town conducting high visibility patrols and property checks in our residential areas.
Residents are encouraged to follow these safety tips:
NEVER leave any packages in your vehicle in plain sight. Always take them with you or lock them in your trunk.
NEVER leave any personal items in your vehicle in plain sight. This includes money (even loose change), credit cards, cell phones, purses and GPS Units. Take these items with you when you leave your vehicle.
ALWAYS lock and secure all doors and windows on your home and vehicles.
Leave a radio or TV on to give the impression that someone is home. Another good idea is to place lights on a timer and utilize motion activated lights on the outside of your home.