The Winters Police Department would like to provide citizens with tips on preventing the theft of their property.

The Winters Police Department would like to provide citizens with tips on preventing the theft of their property.

Lock bicycles up to an immovable object using a quality bicycle lock or store them inside a garage. Store lawn mowers inside a locked shed or garage. Mark our property, in an inconspicuous place, with your driver license umber or some other unique identifier. It is imperative that you keep record of all serial numbers, make, model and value of all your high value items especially firearms. The likely hood of recovering these items is greatly reduced without this information. Take pictures of all these items because it not only helps us recover your property, it will also help you with filing insurance claims.

Your home needs to be properly illuminated at night. Put up motion lights around your property. Lock all your windows and doors when not at home. You can also install a security system and cameras. This will allow you to see what is going on at your home while you are away. Most security systems today allow you to monitor your home from your cell phone. All you need to do is download the app. Make your home look as unattractive as possible to a potential thief. You can do this by keeping all high value items out of sight around your property. If you are going on vacation for an extended period of time you can stop by the Post Office and ask them to hold your mail. Have a trusted neighbor or friend stop by your home daily to give the appearance someone is home. You can also stop by or call the Winters Police Department and request a house watch for the period you will be gone. It is imperative that you keep a record of all serial numbers, make, model and value of all your high value items especially firearms. The likely hood of recovering these items is greatly reduced without this information. Take pictures of all these items because it not only helps us recover your property, it will also help you with filing insurance claims.

Protecting your vehicle from being broken in to is as simple was removing anything of value from the vehicle or storing it out of sight. Remember to lock the doors every time you leave the vehicle. It only takes a second to reach in an unlocked vehicle and grab your purse, wallet, laptop or phone. Never leave cash inside your vehicle.

You can't prevent all thefts or burglaries but following these simple bits of advice will greatly reduce the chance of you becoming a victim.