The Rockaway Nassau Safety Patrol works with local authorities to ensure the safety of our community. If you see something, say something, and call 911 and the RNSP 24/7 Hotline, 516-858-7300. Please keep these tips in mind to stay safe.

Protect Yourself Against Burglaries

  • Make your home look occupied and make it difficult to break in.
  • Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
  • Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked.
  • Don’t allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers, or flyers to build up while you are away. Arrange with the post office to hold your mail or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
  • Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
  • Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
  • Push-button locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
  • Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.
  • Older windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.

Don’t Tempt A Thief

  • Lawnmowers, barbecues, and bicycles are best stored out of sight.
  • Always lock your garden sheds and garages.
  • Use curtains on garage and basement windows.
  • Never leave notes on your door such as “Gone shopping.”

Locks–Get The Best

  • No lock, regardless of its quality, can be truly effective. Key-in deadbolt locks provide minimum security. Ask a locksmith for advice on your situation.
  • Change locks immediately if your keys are lost or stolen.
  • When moving into a new home, have all locks changed.

Targeting The Outside

  • Install adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.
  • Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.
  • Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.

Windows

  • Most windows can be pinned for security.
  • Drill a 3/16” hole on a slight downward slant through the inside window frame and halfway into the outside frame; place a nail in the hole to secure the window.

Alarms

  • An alarm system is excellent for home security. It provides peace of mind to homeowners, especially while on vacation. There is a wide variety of alarm systems on the market.
  • Make several inquiries to different companies for the best security system available to you.
  • If you have a home alarm system, use it! Activate your alarm system. Alarm systems are only useful when you remember to activate them.
  • Many individuals have alarm systems but do not arm them because it is inconvenient. Many burglars know this and will not be deterred by a window sticker or sign indicating that the home has an alarm system.

If Your Home Is Broken Into

If you come home to find an unexplained open or broken window or door:

  • Do not enter–the perpetrator may still be inside.
  • Use a neighbor’s phone to call police.
  • Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
  • Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
  • Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.

Other Precautions

  • Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes, or other “secret” hiding places–burglars know where to look for hidden keys.
  • Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and original value, and serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from home–this is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms, and antiques. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
  • Trim your shrubbery around your home to reduce cover for burglars.
  • Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 911 immediately.
  • Mark your valuables with your driver’s license number with an engraver you can borrow from your precinct. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.
  • Form a neighborhood watch group. RNSP can help you work with your neighbors to improve security and reduce risk of burglary.
  • Consider installing a burglar alarm system.

Avoid Car Break-ins

  1. Always keep your vehicles locked when you are not driving, even if you are parked in your own driveway.
  2. Never keep GPS and other electronic devices in the vehicle.
  3. Never keep your license or credit cards in the vehicle.
  4. Be sure to remove all evidence of the usage of electronics so that perpetrators are not even tempted to “explore” the contents within.
  5. Report any incidents regarding car break-ins by calling 911. RNSP units can be accessed through the 24/7 hotline if you choose to utilize their support

Stolen Or Missing Devices

Please be mindful that the RNSP Tech Squad is able to assist you in the event that your electronic devices are either lost or stolen. As there are many times that a device is found by a person who is willing to return it, RNSP volunteers are not too quick to treat the matter as a crime. However, understand that it is illegal for anyone in possession of a stolen or lost device to demand any kind of reward as a condition for returning it. In such a case, RNSP units work hand in hand with local law enforcement to remedy the situation in a safe and responsible manner that does not compromise your safety or that of any RNSP volunteer. It is important for the community to be aware of this resource and trust the prudent manner in which such matters will be handled.

Keep Your Packages From Being Stolen

When setting up a postal delivery, request that the delivery only be made if the postal carrier obtains a signature in order to ensure hand-to-hand delivery. Another option is to have a friend, neighbor, family member, or a coworker secure the package upon its arrival. Should you ever fall victim to such a crime, call 911 and the RNSP’s 24/7 hotline.

Safeguard Against Lockouts

RNSP units have responded to several more car lockouts this week, one of which involved an infant. It is advised to double check before locking car doors, particularly in the summer heat or freezing cold. Should you ever be in a situation where you are locked out of your house or car, especially if the lockout involves children, call the RNSP hotline immediately.

Help RNSP Help You

Always call 911 and then the RNSP 24/7 hotline. Do not call an individual RNSP volunteer on his private phone.

Following those rules increases the chance of a quick and successful outcome.

Volunteers Needed

The Far Rockaway and Bayswater divisions of night patrols are in need of volunteers. Volunteers are scheduled to patrol once or twice per month during a set time. Anyone who wishes to join should e-mail their name and cellphone number to dispatch@rockawaynassau.org.

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