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Crime Prevention Tips from the 13th Precinct

New York City is the safest large city in the nation, but crime still exists. Assertive police strategies have cut crime dramatically, but you should never leave your personal property unattended. You can help the NYPD keep New York City safe by following these simple tips:

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Be wary of distractions.
  • When in a bar or a restaurant, don’t leave your handbag over the back of your chair, on a stool or on the floor.
  • White headsets are a dead giveaway. Protect your musical device by keeping it out of sight and changing the headset color.
  • Hold on to your cell phone and keep it secured out of sight when not in use.
  • Carry your wallet in the breast pocket of your jacket or in your side pants pocket. Never in the rear pants pocket which is one of the easiest to pick.
  • Carry your purse close to your body. Never wrap the strap around your body.
  • Don’t leave your belongings such as bags and laptop computers unattended.
  • Carry only the amount of cash or number of credit cards necessary to make your purchases for the day.
  • Place items out of sight in the trunk of your vehicle prior to reaching your destination. Never leave packages on the passenger area of the vehicle.
  • Follow your instincts. Remember, “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

Download the NYPD's Safety Tips here.  

Auto/Bike Theft Reduction Programs

The NYPD's Crime Prevention Section coordinates a variety of Auto Theft Prevention Sticker Programs with the aim of preventing and reducing crimes committed against people and their property. Precinct level Crime Prevention Officers (CPO) administer these programs on the local level. The following is a listing of the programs:

  • Combat Auto Theft (CAT Program)
  • Commuter Combat Auto Theft (C-CAT)
  • Help End Auto Theft (HEAT)
  • VinEtching
  • Taxi/Livery Robbery Inspection Program (TRIP)
  • Bike Registration

For people interested in participating in the above programs, please contact Police Officer Arlotta, the 13th Precinct's Crime Prevention Officer at vincent.arlotta@nypd.org or (212) 477-7411.

Download NYPD's Auto/Bike Theft Reduction Program PDF here. 

 

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