Crime Prevention Tips

Burglary: We at Tripura Police have concern for your safety and security. Given below are some suggestions that we feel will help in addressing the concern for security from property offences? 

bullet_icon.png How do you feel when you return to your home and find your house burgled? 

You feel outraged, violated and vulnerable. You feel that there is no safety in this place and you curse your luck and system prevailing. You call police and complain to them and if they are not able to find your stolen property then you feel frustrated. It is a common thing that some time entire family has to go out after locking the house. So when you are out the fear of burglary is always lurking in your mind.

bullet_icon.png Whether burglary can be prevented? 

Burglary is a non-confrontational crime. The burglars enter in the house when no body is there. But this crime makes us totally insecure and unsafe. We may lose the earnings of our entire life. We may lose the valuable ornaments and other precious materials in the house which the family had been collecting and storing for years together.
In order to prevent burglary it is important to understand who commits this crime? When it happens? Why it happens?
Burglaries are committed generally by the young males looking for things, which are small, expensive, and can easily be converted into ready cash. Jewellery, camera, VCR, television, radio, cash, watches, guns, and small electronic items are high on the burglar’s list. Most of the burglary takes place in the houses where inmates are absent temporarily. It may happen during the daytime as well as during the nighttimes. In cities where both the spouses are working and children go to school are in the high risk of burglary.

It is often found that before committing the burglary the burglar selects a house that is unoccupied with easiest access, the greatest amount of cover, with best possible escape routes.
What you have to do is to make your house so difficult for the potential burglars so that the burglar cannot imagine entering in your house. So follow the following tips to prevent house burglary.

lrg-dia.gif Keep your doors locked and windows covered even in daytime.
Properly check whether the doors and windows of your house are closed and locked when you are going out.
lrg-dia.gif Fix grills on windows and glass paneled doors.
lrg-dia.gif Keep side doors pad locked and main door bolted.
lrg-dia.gif Use slam-shut locks instead of pad locks.
lrg-dia.gif Install magic eye and safety chains on doors. Look through the magic eye and ensure the door chain is secure, before opening the door to a stranger.
lrg-dia.gif Leave a light burning when you go out of town.
lrg-dia.gif Inform your neighbors about your absence from your home for a long or short period.
lrg-dia.gif Insure all valuable properties like VCR, TV etc.
lrg-dia.gif Mark valuables with an identification number like your Ration Card, Passport or Driving license number.
lrg-dia.gif Provide lights on the exit points of your house.
lrg-dia.gif Install an alarm system and learn how to use it.
lrg-dia.gif Monitor your alarm system and arrange for guard response.
lrg-dia.gif Show away ladders and tools.
lrg-dia.gif Make your home appear lived in.
lrg-dia.gif Don't keep huge amount of cash and ornaments in the house.
lrg-dia.gif Use Bank lockers.
lrg-dia.gif Don't keep the keys of the receptacles in which the valuables are kept in the keyhole or nearby places.
lrg-dia.gif Don't sleep near an open window during the night. A burglar could snatch the ornaments from you.
lrg-dia.gif Keep your bedroom locked from inside.
lrg-dia.gif Don't disturb the scene, if you notice theft in your house, wait for the arrival of police otherwise it will lead to tampering of evidence like fingerprints, footprints etc.
lrg-dia.gif Don't allow any stranger to enter your house, when you are alone without finding out his identity.
lrg-dia.gif Beware of persons coming to your house under the pretext of repairing/selling things, conducting meter readings etc.
lrg-dia.gif Don't wear heavy ornaments while traveling alone.
lrg-dia.gif Don't open your bag-containing valuable like cash and ornaments, while traveling in public places.
lrg-dia.gif Don't go alone with cash and Jewellery during the nighttimes.
lrg-dia.gif Do not record a message on answering machine telling people you are on holiday or away.

Steps for Personal Safety 

lrg-dia.gif Always stop and think about the risk. 
lrg-dia.gif Always identify a visitor before opening the door. 
lrg-dia.gif Never allow young children to open the door to visitors. 
lrg-dia.gif Always ask representatives to provide identification. 
lrg-dia.gif Avoid walking alone at night. 
lrg-dia.gif Walk in busy well lit roads, towards traffic. 

 Beware Of Unverified Servants in Your House

lrg-dia.gif Get your domestic help's antecedents verified. 
lrg-dia.gif Give his/her photograph as well as address to the nearest Police Station for verification. 
lrg-dia.gif Get his/her background verified from previous employer. 
lrg-dia.gif Avoid giving access to his relatives and friends. 
lrg-dia.gif Avoid displaying jewellery and valuables in the house. 

Vehicle Theft:   There are incidents of more two wheeler theft in Tripura rather than four wheeler theft.

bullet_icon.png How to prevent?

lrg-dia.gif Don’t keep vehicles/two wheelers in your house compound without locking.
lrg-dia.gif Two wheelers should be kept in the safe places after tying with a chain and lock.
lrg-dia.gif When you park your vehicle/two wheeler in the parking area, ask somebody to keep an eye over it.
lrg-dia.gif Never leave the vehicle door unlocked. Nor the windows partially open. 
lrg-dia.gif Make sure that quarter glasses are properly secured.
lrg-dia.gif Never leave the key dangling in the ignition.
lrg-dia.gif Double-check all doors (including the boot) to ensure that they are properly secured.
lrg-dia.gif Do not leave valuables in your car even if it is locked.
lrg-dia.gif Cut down on extra fittings, as these tempt prospective thieves. 
lrg-dia.gif Install a car alarm.
lrg-dia.gif Never leave important documents in the glove box or boot.
lrg-dia.gif Never identify your key ring with your name.
lrg-dia.gif Do not offer a lift to anyone you do not know.
lrg-dia.gif If someone needs assistance, stop some distance away and communicate through locked doors and partially opened window. Always stay in the car with the engine running. Tell them you will send help.


Do’s and Don’ts (At Residence & Office)

lrg-dia.gif Secure perimeter of the house/office.
lrg-dia.gif Trim bushes and trees around as these could block the view towards outside.
lrg-dia.gif As far as possible, use only one door and lock the rest from inside. However always provide for an escape door.
lrg-dia.gif Keep important telephone numbers of the nearest police stations, police control room, known police officers and helpful neighbors handy near the telephone.
lrg-dia.gif Visitors in the office must always be escorted by the security staff who should remain present until greetings have been exchanged.
lrg-dia.gif Encourage your friends to telephone prior to an intended visit. This reduces the number of unexpected callers to the minimum.
lrg-dia.gif Keep a watch dog at the residence.
lrg-dia.gif Open the front door only after checking the identity of the visitor through a peeping eye.
lrg-dia.gif Check all the doors and windows every night before retiring to ensure that they are properly locked/bolted from inside.
lrg-dia.gif Keep a light burning in the front door area during the hours of darkness.
lrg-dia.gif Keep a strict check on the house/office keys. If the key is lost, have a new lock fitted.
lrg-dia.gif Inform the police of the presence of suspicious vehicles or persons near the house or office.
lrg-dia.gif Know your neighbors well enough so that normally you can watch each others houses.
lrg-dia.gif Do not accept invitations on telephone to visit a place/person unless the identity of the caller is fully established.
lrg-dia.gif Do not encourage servants bring their friends, relatives into the premises.
lrg-dia.gif Ask the members of the household including servants / office staff not to disclose the whereabouts of the protected person and his future appointments to unidentified callers.
lrg-dia.gif Treat late callers with suspicion and refuse admittance unless he/she is known to you.
lrg-dia.gif Inform police at once in the event of any visitor attempting forcible entry.
lrg-dia.gif Be on the alert for signs of any surveillance since terrorists generally keep a watch on potential victims for some time before striking.

Do’s and Don’ts (While Traveling)

lrg-dia.gif Always be alert while leaving the gate of your house or returning to the house this applies to entry and exit from the office complex as well. Keep your car doors locked while traveling/when parked in the garage.
If no garage is available, leave your car at a Place where it can be seen by everyone.
lrg-dia.gif Vary your time of departure and change your route frequently Use alternative routes occasionally though this may involve increase in commuting time. If you have a choice of vehicles, do not make full use of them. 
lrg-dia.gif Occasionally, sit beside the driver in the front seat. 
lrg-dia.gif Travel in a group to the extent possible. 
lrg-dia.gif If you think you are being followed, take a known detour and if you are still suspicious, head for the nearest police station. 
lrg-dia.gif Avoid narrow lonely dark streets and keep to the well -lit main routes especially those that pass by police posts. 
lrg-dia.gif Beware of accident scenes or broken down vehicles they may be a decoy. 
lrg-dia.gif If something unusual appears to be taking place on the road ahead, stop and turn before it is too late. 
lrg-dia.gif Give details of your intended movements to only those who need to know. 
lrg-dia.gif Ensure that someone in your family knows your whereabouts. 
lrg-dia.gif While moving in a car, open the windows only enough for ventilation. 
lrg-dia.gif Have your driver thoroughly briefed to be security conscious. Let him get training in offensive and defensive driving. 
lrg-dia.gif See that your car is not very showy. 
lrg-dia.gif While traveling by train, enter into a compartment, which is already occupied. Do not travel in a empty compartment. 
lrg-dia.gif Extend all cooperation to personal security officers in carrying out their legitimate duties. 
lrg-dia.gif Always take along security personnel including PSOs wherever provided during all journeys morning/evening walks. 
lrg-dia.gif Observe carefully what is happening outside the house/office any unusual happening should be viewed with suspicion. 
lrg-dia.gif Observe people around you wherever you are and try to remember their features. 
lrg-dia.gif Sometimes it reflects if these very people had met you or were near you sometimes somewhere. 
lrg-dia.gif In case a taxi has to be engaged, avoid hiring the first one in the line or the one, which seems to be waiting. Do not give any specific instruction to the driver about the route/destination before commencement of the journey.