Safety is a priority for the Corona Police Department, we want our community to be proactive in protecting themselves. Mid-November to early-January is a busy time for families to gather together, travel, and host parties. You can contribute to our community safety and security by taking special precautions and following these safety tips. You can never be too careful.
When you’re out shopping:
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Shop in well-lit and populated areas.
- Shop during daylight hours and take a friend.
- Always walk with your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle.
- Don’t drive distracted.
- Maintain a current list of credit cards and keep an eye on bank and credit activity.
- If confronted by a thief, cooperate.
- If you’re shopping with children, take the time to teach them their full name, address, and telephone number to give to police officers or store management. Remind your children to not talk to strangers and to inform you or store security if a stranger is bothering them.
Reduce vehicle burglary:
- •Before leaving, remove unnecessary items and leave them at home.
- •If you must store bags or other items, put them in the trunk.
- •Do not leave FasTrak, GPS devices, electronic charging stations or cords, loose change, CDs, keys, purses, computers, etc. laying on the seat, dash, or floor.
- •Activate your security system if you have one.
- •Always lock your doors and roll up your windows when you park.
- When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house, pick up your newspapers, mow the lawn, and park in the driveway from time to time.
- Don’t forget to have mail and newspaper delivery stopped. If it piles up, it’s a sure sign you’re gone.
- If you are having a package mailed to your residence, require a signature when given the option. Consider having a trusted neighbor sign for you.
- Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.
- Be aware that criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts.
- It is not uncommon for criminals to take advantage of the generosity of people during the holiday season by soliciting donations door-to-door for charitable causes although no charity is involved.
- Take the time to make a home inventory. Take photos or make videos of items, and a list of descriptions and serial numbers. Make sure items such as electronics, sports equipment, jewelry, silver, computers, power tools, and other items are on the list.
- Much of the above information is geared toward being aware of where you are, who is around and what is in the environment. If you can control the environment you enter into and pay attention to the things going on around you, you can greatly reduce the possibility that you will become the victim of a crime. A safe holiday starts with a Crime Prevention Plan.
Call 951-736-2330 *option 3 for dispatch non-emergency.