by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (October 2017) – A recent Crime Information Bulletin published by the Lansing Police Department offered the following tips:
- Lock the doors – Theft overall tends to rise in the months of November and December. Make sure cars, trucks, and homes are locked.
- Leave a light on – Thieves prefer not to approach homes that appear to be occupied. Leave on outside lights at night. When you leave your house during the day, keep a radio or television on to give the impression that someone is home.
- Fry carefully – Appliances like gas grills and deep fryers for cooking turkeys are meant to be used outside. Read the instructions in order to prepare your deep fried turkey safely.
- Tend the tree – If you have a live Christmas tree, make sure it has water every day. Check your Christmas lights for exposed wires.
- Stay steady – Be extra careful when installing lights on gutters, soffits, trees, or anywhere else that requires a ladder. Place the ladder on solid, level ground, and have someone hold it steady.
- Don’t advertise – Setting empty TV and PlayStation boxes outside for garbage pick-up lets people know exactly what you received for Christmas. Break down boxes before disposing of them.
- Don’t advertise, again – Using social media to share vacation photos in the moment lets people know exactly when you’re not home. Wait until you return before sharing your trip. Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your house while you’re gone and pick up your mail, newspapers, and any door flyers. The Lansing Police Department also offers a vacation watch service—call the non-emergency number for details: 895-7150.
- Drive safely – Ever-changing road conditions and heavy traffic can increase travel times, so plan ahead, leave early, and accept reality to avoid frustration.
The Lansing Police Department is located at 2710 E 170th St, Lansing, IL 60438. The non-emergency number is 708-895-7150.