If you see a suspicious vehicle and/or persons in your neighborhood or at a neighbor's house, DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL 911. IF YOU ARE THINKING MAYBE YOU SHOULD CALL - YOU SHOULD CALL 911. DO NOT APPROACH THE PERSON YOURSELF. YOU are our eyes and ears and our best resource in preventing crime.
Residents are reminded to lock windows and doors and to keep garage doors closed. If you have an alarm system, use it.
A common tactic of daytime burglars is to knock on the door to see if anyone is home. If someone answers the door, they claim to be looking for their "friend", a lost dog, or other story. If this occurs, please call 911 and give the best description possible of the person(s) and vehicle.
All vendors/solicitors in Mundy Township and the City of Swartz Creek, with the exception of non-profit organizations, are required to obtain a solicitor/peddler license or face a misdemeanor charge. Any valid licensee will have a picture ID supplied by the Metro Police Department. The Police Department conducts a background check on all applicants.
Residential Tips for Inside the Home
- Lock your doors even when you are home.
- Use deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
- When inside, keep storm doors locked to create a barrier with anyone on the outside
- Leave garage doors closed at all times
- Do not leave purses, money or any other valuables in plain view of windows such as countertops or tabletops within the home.
- When gone, use timers for lights, radios or a TV to give the appearance that someone is home.
- Consider an alarm system or video cameras. Displaying alarm company signs or decals and having false camera domes, even if you don't actually have these systems may deter a burglar from breaking into your home.
- Consider a safe for valuables. Large, heavy safes that secured to the home are more difficult for thief to enter or take with them.
- Do not allow a stranger into your home. If someone asks to use your phone, make them wait outside and make the call for them through the door.
- These steps may not stop a determined thief, as safes have been taken, but the more difficult you make it for a thief, the better your changes of reducing your loss. Most burglars are looking for a quick and easy opportunity.
- Record identification information about your property. Serial numbers or engraved identification help in returning recovered property to the owner. There are many instances of police recovering property that was stolen, but can't be identified and returned
Residential Tips Outside the Home
- Leave outside lights on at night to illuminate dark areas.
- If you are away from home, arrange for newspapers and mail to be collected and for lawn care to avoid the appearance of a vacant home.
- Do not leave bicycles in plain sight, unattended.
- Keep bushes trimmed away from the house and windows as they make good hiding places.
- Stop all mail and paper deliveries when on vacation or away for the weekend.
- Contact the local police department to conduct a "Vacation Check" on your home while you are away. You can notify us by using the on-line link at the top of this page.
- Get to know your neighbors, be observant of suspicious or unknown persons and vehicles in the area and call 911.
- Never give out Social Security numbers, Drivers License numbers or any personal information over the Internet or phone unless you know exactly who you are giving the information to.
- Do not pay for something merely bcause you will receive a "free gift".
- Check out unsolicited offers with the Better Business Bureau, Local Consumer Protection Agency, or State Attorney General's Office before you agree to send money.
- Remember - "If it's too good to be true, it is!"
- To stop many unsolicited calls, put your phone number on the National "Do Not Call" registry.
- If you receive a call that you do not want, ask the company to put you on their own "Do Not Call" list. They are obligated not to call you back.
- When throwing away garbage, be sure to shred any important documents that may have any personal information on it so it is unreadable.
- Lock car doors and never leave keys in the vehicle.
- Do not leave cell phones, CD's, tapes, purses and other valuables in view within the vehicle.
- Never give a stranger a ride in your vehicle. If someone needs help call 911.
- Incase your vehicle breaks down on the highway, DO NOT leave the car. Turn on your hazzards and call 911 and wait for assistance
- Keep your identity private: Never give out your real name, telephone number, Social Security Number or personal information that someone could use to determine your actual identity online.
- Never respond to e-mails from someone that you do not know, with a strange forward subject lines or e-mails that are hostile, belligerent or inappropriate. Delete them immediately without opening them! They may contain viruses.
- Be sure to use current and updated anti-virus and anti-spam software and run daily computer checks.
- Use either routers or firewalls to keep out hackers.
- Don't fall victim to virus hoaxes that may cause you to accidentally delete perfectly legitimate files. (see Hoax Encyclopedia at www.about.com)
- Be aware of Internet scams. (see E-mail Scams at www.about.com)
- Beware of Instant Messages that may carry worms and trojans that may cause computer infection.
- Check out the latest software that can protect you and your family from inappropriate images that bombard computer screens, such as "i-c what u-see".
- If you allow your child access to the Internet, please monitor their activities and speak to them about the dangers of Internet predators.