The Bethesda-Chevy Chase area has seen a disturbing increase in the number of residential burglaries and robberies since December. In January, a Bethesda home invasion involving a sexual assault has heightened many residents’ anxiety about the sudden upsurge in crime.
What Has Been Done?
A recent public safety meeting addressed the efforts that police and local businesses have taken to keep residents safe, including nighttime patrols and increased surveillance.
Below is a list of several simple precautions Bethesda-Chevy Chase residents should take to avoid becoming crime victims.
Keeping the doors to your car and home locked may seem like a fairly obvious way to prevent theft. However, being vigilant about the security of your belongings can make all the difference.
Stay in Well-Lit Areas
It’s never a good idea to isolate yourself – especially at night. This goes for your home as well. Having a porch or carport light on not only increases visibility, but also makes your home appear occupied.
Keep Valuables in Your Car Hidden
Whether your car is locked or not, leaving valuables, like electronic devices, in plain view can be an easy invitation for potential thieves. Ladies, if you’re planning to leave your purse in the car, be sure to lock it in the trunk before arriving to your destination.
Be Alert, Don’t Walk Alone
Many mugging victims are targeted because they are not paying attention to their surroundings. If you have to walk by yourself, don’t let yourself be distracted by your cell phone or music-playing device.
If It Seems Suspicious, Speak Up
Looking out for your neighbors is always an effective way to prevent neighborhood crime. The Montgomery County Police Department offers ways to report suspicious or criminal activity anonymously by phone or online. There is also the option of filing reports involving theft and vandalism through an online form.
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