Crime Prevention and Community Education
What is Crime Prevention?
It is the anticipation, recognition, and appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of some action to remove or reduce it.
The Burlington Police Department offers
Distracted Driving Awareness Month:
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving is the fastest growing safety issue on the road. Nine people are killed every day by a distracted driver. For more information on distracted driving visit DMV.org. (Image source DMV.)
Alamance Community College is hosting a workshop and exhibit for parents to learn how to talk to their kids about drugs and current drug trends. The program is free to adults but RSVP is required as space is limited. The program is on April 4th beginning at 6 p.m., view the program flyer here.
Apps Parents Need to Know:
Think you know everything you need to know about your child? Some parents are surprised to learn what all their child has hidden on their cell phones and tablets. In this age of technology, parents need to exercise caution with how freely they allow their children to use their smartphones and the internet. It is a good idea to have a conversation with your child about the potential dangers they might encounter. And with the advent of technology, bullying has shifted to an online platform as well and has seemingly become more heinous. Sometimes changes in your child's behavior can be an indication they are being bullied online, such as turning off the computer or quickly switching screens, not wanting to go to school, statements like saying they have no friends, or they become withdrawn. The apps or sites that children use change often, but we have provided links below to some of the current ones as well as types of apps children might use to hide their online activity. To help your child, have open and honest conversations with them and let them know you are available to listen no matter what they may need to say. If you feel it is necessary for the safety of your child, parental controls can also be set up on their device or through your service provider.
There are many different types of scams, and everyone can be susceptible to them. There is identity theft, which consists of someone stealing your financial information and using it for themselves. This can mean they steal your physical card from your wallet and go to a store and a make a large purchase. However, it can also mean they steal the information from your card and use it to make an online purchase or pay a bill all while you still have the card in your possession. Identity fraud is a common occurrence and can happen to anyone. We have provided some tips here for how to avoid having your information stolen and what to do if it does happen.
Another type of fraud consists of sending money to people you do not know. Never send money to or accept money from people you do not know. A good rule to follow is “If it sounds to be good to be true, it usually is”. If someone contacts you
School Bus Safety Campaign:
The Burlington Police Department, in collaboration with the Alamance-Burlington School System, has initiated a campaign to promote NC School Bus Safety Laws. The goal is to raise awareness about and compliance with the laws concerning stopped school buses and when passing is and is not permissible. School buses carry our community's most valuable resources and keeping children safe should always be the top priority in every situation. While a stopped school bus should always be cause for caution, there are some four-lane roads with medians where traffic flowing in the opposite direction of the bus is allowed to continue traveling. Review this graphic for the proper procedures when encountering a stopped school bus.
As part of this awareness campaign, the BPD has partnered with ABSS to increase enforcement of School Bus Safety Laws. Over the next several weeks, Burlington police will be focusing on areas with a history of stop law violations and will be issuing tickets to those who break the law. These violations will be tracked and compiled into a report available to the public in January.
Keeping Our Students Safe:
"Violence is, sadly, a reality on thousands of K-12 campuses today in America." Violence can be found in different forms in our schools. We are, of course, very concerned with keeping our students safe and encouraging a learning environment where students can learn without fear. A recent article released by the Community for Accredited Online Schools discusses the various types of violence that can occur on campuses, including different types of bullying, potential causes for violence, and the effect it has on students.
Click here to read the full article.
Property crimes can affect anyone, but there are a few steps that citizens can take to both prevent theft and make recovery of stolen property more likely. Always remember to lock your vehicles. There has been a national campaign, which the BPD has participated in, called #9pmroutine. The idea is to establish a routine at night where you doublecheck that you have locked your vehicle, turn on outside lights, and confirm you have locked the doors and windows in your home. However, despite our best efforts, property crimes still happen. We will not always be able to recover whatever property was stolen, but citizens can make recovery more likely by having serial numbers or identifying marks on their property. If you can provide officers with the model and serial numbers from your electronics, it makes it easier to determine to whom the property may belong. That is why we recommend citizens collect the model and serial numbers from all their electronics and other valuables and suggest citizens use ReportIt. ReportIt is a private database where citizens can create an account and log all their serial numbers, and if you are the victim of a theft, you can log in from any device to provide a list of the stolen items serial numbers to police. ReportIt is private; no one except for the account holder will have access to the stored information. It is completely free, so create your account here.
Lock It or Lose It:
Nobody wants to be the victim of a crime, but if you leave GPS units, phones, purses, or other valuables in your vehicle, you are increasing the risk that you will be a victim of theft. BPD reports that most thefts from vehicles are the result of people leaving their car doors unlocked or leaving valuables in view where thieves can easily spot them. The message is, "If thieves see it, they will steal it."
67% of Burlington's reported
What are thieves looking for? Everything! This includes audio equipment, cash, purses, cell phones, tools, clothes, driver's licenses and other personal documents, checkbooks, luggage, cameras, GPS units, or other items of value or personal identification. If a thief manages to get anything with your personal information on it, including a social security number, you are now in danger of becoming a victim of identity theft. The key to preventing thefts from your vehicle starts with you! Listed below are some quick tips to help prevent theft from your vehicle and more information on our Lock It or Lose It program is available here:
- Lock your doors and take your keys with you
- Park in secure, well-lit locations
- Don't leave your valuables in plain sight; lock them in your trunk or take them with you
What is Community Education?
The Burlington Police Department strives to educate the community on ways in which they can prevent crime from happening in their neighborhoods. We also hope to demonstrate the many ways in which we are involved in our community. Here you can find tips on how to avoid being the victim of a break-in, information on our vacation check system, how to organize a community watch, discover Coffee with a Cop, get information on our Shop with a Cop program, and more.
Safe Medicine Disposal:
The Burlington Police Department provides a place where you can drop off unused or expired medications with no questions asked. Our law enforcement partners will dispose of the medications in the same secure way they dispose of other drug items. Drugs should not be flushed or thrown away in the garbage because they may contaminate water sources. You may drop off your old medications at the police department year-round any time during business hours. Please drop off medications in their original bottles if possible but remember to remove any personal information from the label.
Child Seat Laws:
There are a variety of different restrictions and rules regarding the type of seat or restraint your child needs when riding in a vehicle. All children under 16 years of ages must be