Security Tips

polwhstlSecurity Reminders from Woodlake's Neighborhood Watch Program

Leaving valuables in your car or going out of town increases the risk of break-ins. Some thieves may be walking through the neighborhood at night and looking into car windows for possible items to steal. Remember the following tips to make your coming months safer and more secure!

  • Lock your car if it's parked on the street or in your driveway
  • Don't leave easily visible valuables in your car
  • If you're away, use a timer to turn lights on and off at nightburglar3
  • Be sure to close and lock all your ground floor windows before you leave home
  • If you have a home alarm or car alarm system, use it
  • Let your neighbors know you'll be away; ask them to pick up newspapers that are on your driveway or yard
  • If you see suspicious activities or persons, call the police at 911
  • If you have a break-in, call the police, notify your Block Captain, and send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Protect Your Vehicle

Car Security Tips from the Durham Police

carthieveslg Always lock your car and check it before you walk away. Breaking into an empty car isn't worth a thief's time.
Always lock your vehicle and store or remove all items out of sight. Remember the old cliche: OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND? The same applies to items in your car.
If you take packages to the car but plan to return to the store or mall, drive to a new location. Criminals are on the lookout for unsuspecting shoppers who simply drop their purchases into the trunk and then return to keep shopping.carthief
When returning to your vehicle (or home) have your keys in your hand ready to open the door. A few seconds may keep you from becoming a victim of crime.
Most vehicles are equipped with factory car alarms. If someone startles you or approaches unwantedly, push your vehicle's panic alarm. It may also prevent you from becoming a victim of crime.

policemanPlease be alert for all suspicious activities in the neighborhood and call the police at 911 if you have any concerns. The police stress that 911 is not just for emergencies, but for all concerns about neighborhood activity feel concern about. Don't worry about 'bothering' the police. If something seems strange or unusual, call 911 and let the police determine whether action needs to be taken.