For Your Safety

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The CMPD Crime Prevention Unit has put together a few tips on various ways to protect yourself in given situations involving:​
    Personal Safety
    Your personal safety does not have to be left up to chance. Though you can not eliminate all possibility of becoming a victim, there are steps you can take to reduce the odds. An attacker looks for essentially three things when picking a victim: Vulnerability, Accessibility and Availability.



    Youth Safety
    We are all concerned with the well being and safety of our children. As parents we want to always be there to protect them. The reality is that we cannot always be there. Therefore it is very important to help children make good decisions when they are on their own. ​​



    Home Safety
    If you are concerned about residential burglaries in your neighborhood, you do not have to feel powerless to change the situation. Most residential burglars look for crimes of opportunity. They pick what appears to be an easy mark. There are many steps that you can take to keep your home and your neighborhood safe. The most important step is for you and your neighbors to work together. ​​




    Business Safety
    Businesses spend billions of dollars on crime prevention devices and insurance annually. In order to fully optimize these investments, they have to utilize proper crime prevention techniques to help make the business less vulnerable to criminals.



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    Transportation Safety
    Encourage your family, friends and co-workers to keep valuables out of their vehicles at home, at work or while running errands.







    Internet Safety
    A few tips to keep your personal and business computers safe from viruses and internet breaches. ​​



    Mobile Device Theft Prevention
    A few tips to keep your personal cellphone/tablet and the information on it safe from thieves trying to make a quick buck.




    Fraud Prevention
    It's not always easy to spot con artists. They're smart, extremely believable, and aggressive. They invade your home by telephone and email, advertise in well-known newspapers and magazines, through your mail box or at your door.




    Crime Prevention Through Environment Design
    Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) suggests that the form and arrangements of buildings and of open spaces can either encourage or discourage crime. CPTED attempts to reduce crime and the fear of crime by reducing criminal opportunity and fostering positive social interaction among the users of a space.




    Gun Safety Tips
    Parents can reduce a child's exposure to guns and ultimately protect a child's life by taking these common-sense steps for safety.

    Gun Safety: Prevention Tips for Parents

    Parents can reduce a child's exposure to guns and ultimately protect a child's life by taking these four steps:

    • Keep guns away from children.
        The safest thing for your family is not to keep a gun in the house. But, if you keep a gun at home, unload and lock it away. Use a gun safe and, at minimum, a gun lock.  If you don't have a gun lock, check with CMPD

    • Keep all ammunition separate from the gun.

    • Make sure that your children know the dangers of guns. Teach them not to handle or touch guns.
        Too often, we assume that children will know what to do if they see a gun at someone's home or elsewhere in the community. Unfortunately, many children and teens do not realize that handling a gun just once can lead to tragedy.When children come across an unsupervised gun or another child with a gun, teach them that they should not touch the gun and should immediately get help from a parent or trusted adult. Before your child visits a friend's home, find out if there is a gun in the home.

    • Talk to your children about guns and violence.
        Explain to them that we all have strong emotions like anger and fear, but that these feelings can be expressed in ways other than striking others or using weapons.

        Demonstrate healthy ways to express anger and disagreement. Support your children when they have used positive means of resolving conflict. During positive conflict resolution, children:

        • Talk about feelings, rather than act them out
        • Make choices to avoid fights
        • Get help from trusted adults

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