Basic crime prevention follows four simple rules:

. Keep people visible and easily observable. Features such as lighting, landscaping, and fencing create natural barriers making potential wrong-doers more conspicuous.

2. Make people feel a sense of safety while simultaneously letting the potential criminal know that others may be watching their behavior. How do you do this?

3. Create a sense of ownership by taking pride in your property– Send a message that you protect your property and your belongings...the majority of criminals look for easy targets. Well maintained properties do not convey themselves as easy targets.

4. Properly secure yourself and your property. Lock your car when you leave it...even if it is just for a brief moment. Don't leave your windows and doors open when you go to bed at night or leave your house unlocked when your leave for work.