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Crime Prevention-Community Awareness

The Police Department has a combination Crime Prevention and Community Awareness program. This program was designed to make people aware of crime prevention and to allow citizens and police officers the opportunity to get to know each other on a first name basis.

Community Awareness Meetings  It is important that citizens are aware of suspicious activity (people, cars...) in their area, and report it to the Police. The program involves inviting 15-18 neighbors to a home for a 45-minute presentation on crime prevention. Two officers will display door locks, a model home burglar alarm system and brochures on suspicious activities, mailbox bashing, teenage parties and other matters of concern. After the presentation, the officers will answer questions about the Town or Police Department. Beyond a bare presentation of facts, "Community Awareness" meetings also provide an opportunity for homeowners to get together and to get to know one another.

Home Security Inspections The Police Department also has Crime Prevention Officers who can be contacted for home security inspections. They will inspect your home for proper window and door locks, lighting requirements, etc., and answer questions concerning the maximum safety for your family and property. Their services are available by appointment by calling 375-7470. This inspection should be made before installing an alarm system and is provided at no charge to residents.

Engraving Pens The Department maintains several engraving pens which may be borrowed for the purpose of marking your property. Mark all radios, TV's, stereos, cameras and other valuables on a solid metal surface. Do not mark on nameplates or any surface that is easy to remove from the item to be identified. Mark each item with your California driver's license number followed by the letters "CA", which denotes California. It is suggested that you not mark valuable silver or art objects. You should maintain an inventory of all your marked items. Insurance descriptions of valuable jewelry, silverware or objects of art should be included in the list. 

Photos of Valuables It is recommended that you photograph your items of value, especially those items which, because of their value, cannot be marked. The Crime Prevention Officer will, upon request, take pictures and provide you with the photos.

The Town of Hillsborough 1600 Floribunda Avenue, Hillsborough, CA 94010 (650) 375-7400
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