The Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department is trying to reach into the community to create stronger bonds with citizens.
PMRPD has three officers, Dan Smelas, Dave Schmidt and Detective Dan Jones who specialize in community related activities. These officers are available for arranging SWAT Demonstrations, K-9 Demonstrations, fingerprinting children, bicycle safety, stranger danger, GANG awareness, neighborhood watch and crime prevention programs.
Feel free to contact any of these officers by clicking on their name above for an email link. We will also be hosting free training to our citizens on various topics in the near future. Some topics are: safe-guarding yourself against identity theft and how to protect yourself against being a victim of burglary. Visit often for updates on what training we offering to the public.
Burglary Prevention TIPS:
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Burglars go through neighborhoods looking for uncut lawns and stuffed mailboxes. In the evening, they look for darkened houses or lights that have been left on too long. The following burglary prevention tips will help to make you and your family safer while also showing you how to become a part of the PMRPD Team - so that we may serve and protect our community together.
1. Lighting is an important prevention item to invest in.
2. All exterior lighting should be mounted to illuminate as much of the perimeter of your house as possible, By mounting two, 3 head spotlights at opposite corners of your home, you can illuminate all four corners of your home.
3. Illuminate dark spots where people can hide in your yard with accent lights
4. Utilize Solar lights, save money on your electric bill!
1. MAKE SURE TO USE THE LOCKS AT ALL TIMES WHEN YOU LEAVE THE INTERIOR OF YOUR RESIDENCE
2. Use solid core wood or steel security doors
3. Install dead bolt locks with hardened steel bolts.
4. Make sure all door windows and side windows are at least 40 inches from the dead bolt lock.
Sliding Glass Doors
1. Use a “Charlie Bar” to prevent unauthorized opening, or cut an old broom handle to fit in the track to prevent the door from being opened
2. Use keyed locks
3. Apply a safety glazing material to your sliding glass door. This material acts as safety glazing, much like what is used in auto glass. This glazing can prevent someone from smashing the sliding glass doors and entering your home.
1. Use a hardened steel angle bracket mounted inside the door frame to protect the lock and to prevent prying.
2. Use a double cylinder dead bolt lock if building and fire codes permit the use.
3. Have the glass safety glazed at the manufacturer if possible, if not it’s a good DIY weekend project.
1. Utilize safety glazing on all first floor windows
2. Pin your windows so that you can leave them partially opened during the summer
a. To pin your windows , with the window closed, drill two pilot holes, one on each sash as close to the window frame as possible. Open the window about 3 inches and repeat.
b. Use two 2 inch screws and screw them at least one inch into the pilot hole the remaining part of the screw will secure the window in the open or shut position.
Make sure the windows are in good repair and fit well in the sash.
DO NOT rely on the thumb lock. This lock is easily defeated.
THE BURGLARY BASICS:
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· 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 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.
· Pushbutton 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.
· Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.
Don't tempt a thief:
· Lawn mowers, snow blowers, 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 dead bolt 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:
· Have 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.
· 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.
· 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 Your Home Is Broken Into:
If you come home to find an unexplained open/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 you should take:
· 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 9 1 1 immediately.
· Mark your valuables with your driver's license number with an engraver. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.
· Form a Neighborhood Watch Group. We can help you work with your neighbors to improve security and reduce risk of burglary.
· Consider installing a burglar alarm system.
The MOST important thing YOU can do is CALL THE POLICE to report a CRIME or any SUSPICIOUS activity. You have to be the eyes of your neighborhood. And remember you can always remain a pair of anonymous eyes!
Remember the three L's of Crime Prevention: LIGHTS, LOCKS & the LAW!
Light up your residence, lock your doors at all times, and call the Law when you see something suspicious.
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Many things can happen to your home during your lifetime, fire, burglary, moving, expanding your family, etc. In order to best protect yourself and your belongings, we recommend the following:
Obtain and keep current homeowner’s/renter’s insurance. For a few hundred dollars a year, your home and belongings can be insured.
Apply an Owner Applied Number(OAN) to all your valuables, excluding jewelry. We recommend the state and your driver’s license number. You can apply this number preferably with an engraver or with indelible ink. Example PA12345678. Some other ideas are your last name and telephone number.
Download the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Operation ID form HERE.
On this form, record the make, model serial number and/or OAN, the date of purchase and the price. Once completed, make several copies. 1 copy should be kept in your home for easy reference. Another should be filed with your insurance company and a third should be kept in a safe deposit box or with a trusted friend/relative outside the home.
By continually updating this list, you can gurantee that in the event of a burglary or major disaster, you will have the information you need to file your insurance claim, police report or both.
If you have children, you can get started by printing out a form for each child. Have a competition to see how many blocks they can fill out and the winner receives some sort of reward. Not only will you get the information you need, but you can get your family involved as well.
Finally, there is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Especially in the case of jewelry or other items that applying an OAN would devalue, a picture of the item on a plain white piece of paper with the date purchased, the purchase price, and a brief description of the item can be the difference between recovering the stolen item or losing it forever.
Additionally, photos of the items along with the Operation ID information help us prove ownership and enter the items into NCIC if stolen. This helps us to investigate and recover your property.
ID THEFT FORM:
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Pocono Mountain Regional Police Deparment
Chief of Police, Harry W. Lewis
Personal Property Inventory Form
Phone: ______________________________ Cell:_________________________________
Insurance Co: ______________________________________________________________
Policy Number: _____________________________
Item # Make/Model/Size/Color: ________________________________________________
Serial Number/OAN: ________________________
Date of Purchase: ___________________________
This form is provided as is by the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department to help your identify your
personal property. The Pocono Mountain Regional Police assumes no liability for the use of this form and makes
no guarantee that any property listed will be recovered if stolen. The use of this form is at the user’s sole
discretion and may be provided to the police in the event of a burglary or theft of your personal property.