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Safety Tips

For the fourth year in a row, Sunnyvale has ranked as the #1 safest city in the U.S.* And with your help, working together with our public safety department, we'll continue to stay the safest. Here are some tips and resources to help us all keep our community safe:

In Your Neighborhood

Help your neighborhood stay safe:

  • Use the City's online crime map to be aware of what’s happening in your neighborhood
  • Form a Neighborhood Watch Group. We can help you work with your neighbors to improve security and reduce risk of burglary. Contact our Crime Prevention Unit at 408-730-7140.

At Home

Secure your home and help prevent burglaries:

  • Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if you'll only be away for a short time, lock your doors.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked.
  • Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors. Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Use special locks for sliding glass doors.
  • Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other “secret” hiding places - burglars know where to look for hidden keys.
  • 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.
  • If you have a home alarm system, use it! Too frequently, people 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 you're home and a stranger knocks on the door, acknowledge the person but DO NOT OPEN the door. If the person's reason to be there doesn't make sense, call the police to report suspicious activity.

Don't Tempt a Thief

  • Store items like lawn mowers, barbecues and bicycles out of sight.
  • Use curtains on garage and basement windows.
  • Never leave notes on your door such as "Gone shopping."
  • Prevent the theft of packages from your porch by asking neighbors to watch for deliveries and secure your packages (and do the same for them); arranging to pick them up at the shipping facility; or having them delivered to a place where someone can receive them in person, such as your workplace.

When You're on Vacation

  • Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or ask a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
  • Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
  • Don't post on social media that you'll be away (e.g., avoid posts like "Packing for our 10-day trip to Hawaii!")

Around Town

Make sure to protect your valuables while you're out and about. Here are some quick tips to help you defend against auto burglaries:

  • Roll up your car windows and lock your doors.
  • Remove portable electronic devices such as smart phones and GPS navigation systems, including suction cups. Be aware that if your phone or laptop is on and in your car, thieves may be able to detect its location.
  • Don't leave any purchases in plain view in your car. If you must leave them in your car, hide or cover them.
  • Secure any valuables out of plain view (use the trunk).
  • Park in well-lit, heavily populated areas.
  • Trust your instincts: If something doesn't feel right, find another place to park.
  • If you see someone suspicious lurking around vehicles, call 911 so that Public Safety can respond.

*Rankings by financial services firm SmartAsset

March 4, 2019

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