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Jun 01

Monthly Tip – Crime Stats and Prevention

Posted on June 1, 2017 at 9:02 a.m. by Brea Police Department PIO

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Did you know that you can look up crime activity in Brea in the comfort of your own home? Check out www.communitycrimemap.com. We even created a step by step tutorial on how to use the site. Click here to view the tutorial: https://youtu.be/spD9LY19qJo

Your personal safety is something you should ALWAYS consider, no matter where you are. Here are some tips and steps you can take to help maintain your personal safety:

  • Awareness – Constantly be aware of your surroundings. It does not matter where you are, at home, out shopping, driving, at the park, DO NOT settle and become so involved in your task that you fail to look around. This is when you are at your most vulnerable. Take a minute, scan the area before you head out.


  • Take a look around – Look around and see what potential threats may be looming. Are there suspicious people parked by your car? Is there a car approaching slowly from behind or following you on your run? If you see something that makes you suspicious or uncomfortable, walk away, return to the store, and report the activity. If you SEE something SAY something. You can reach us at our non-emergency line at (714) 990-7911.


  • Consider the Stakes - Property can be replaced, but you can't. If you are in fear for your safety, give up the purse, the wallet or car. Your personal well-being is much more valuable than your property.


  • Don't be a Target – While out and about constantly survey your surroundings. Simple things like carrying your keys and whistle in your hand (not buried in your purse) or ensuring your purse is tucked under your shoulder (not dangling down or sitting unattended in a cart) can prevent a crime from happening in the first place. 


  • Be a Good Witness - If you see or are a victim of a crime, be the best witness you can be! Without good suspect descriptions it is difficult for police to conduct follow-up and apprehend criminals. While it may be difficult during the crime, try to pay attention to basic physical descriptions such as hair color, height, weight and build, clothing color, suspect vehicle description and license plate, direction of travel. Rare or very specific descriptions are even better – things like tattoos, scars, and piercings or damage on a suspect vehicle.





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