The Woodstown Police Department is continuously working not only to solve crimes that have occurred, but more importantly preventing them from ever happening. We would like to take this opportunity to share some useful tips on how you can protect your home and prevent yourself from becoming a victim.
Always lock your residence and vehicles. Do not fall into the, "This is Woodstown, nothing happens here" mindset. Crimes can occur anywhere at anytime.
Be sure the outside doors of your home or business have strong deadbolt locks.
Have a home security system installed.
Submit a vacation watch request to the police department when you go on vacation.
Keep spare keys with a trusted neighbor or nearby shopkeeper, not under a doormat or planter, on a ledge, or in the mailbox.
Lock gates, garage doors, and shed doors after every use.
Illuminate or eliminate places an intruder might hide: the spaces between trees or shrubbery, stairwells, alleys, hallways, and entry ways.
Set timers on lights when you're away from home or your business is closed so it appears to be occupied.
Keep your bike and sports equipment inside the house when they're not in use.
Trim the shrubbery around your doors and windows so crooks don't have a place to hide.
Always lock car doors and take the keys when you leave your car, even if you'll be gone "just for a minute."
Don't leave valuables in view in the car. Leave them in the trunk or, better yet, take them into your home.
Make sure your home is secure when you are traveling. Keep all deadbolts locked, lights left on timers, newspapers stopped, and mail held at the post office or collected by a trusted neighbor who has your travel schedule.