Crime Prevention

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Tips from the Greenville Police Department

  • Always let a family member or colleague know your plans, appointments, or outings.
  • Stay alert. Be aware of your surroundings.
  • When walking appear confident. Do not show fear. Trust your instincts.
  • Choose to walk in busy areas that are well-lighted at night. Try not to walk or jog alone.
  • Always carry your purse close to your body and keep a firm grip on it.
  • When using an Automated Teller Machine try to use one in a well-lighted, busy, public place. Avoid using an ATM after dark when possible. Be aware of your surroundings while at the machine.
  • If traveling by motor vehicle, keep doors locked and windows rolled up.
  • Make sure your car stays in good operating condition and be aware of the fuel level. Keep a flashlight, spare tire, and jumper cables with you.
  • Park in well-lighted areas. Be especially alert when using parking garages. Keep your keys in your hand when returning to your vehicle. If necessary, your keys can be used as a defensive weapon against an attacker.

Guidelines for Safety at Home

You can discourage burglars from selecting your home as a target.

  • Make sure all doors to the outside are metal or solid; that they have good sturdy locks with deadbolts; that all windows have locks; and that you use all locks.
  • Secure sliding glass doors with locks or bars.
  • Make sure all porches, entrances, parking areas are well lighted. Turn these lights on after dark. If in an apartment, report lights out or not available in common areas to the management.
  • Trim bushes or trees that hide doors or windows or block your view or lighting.
  • Never hide house keys outside.
  • Clearly display your house number so emergency vehicles can find your home quickly.
  • Use lights and radio timers, security alarms, motion detectors, and automatic garage door openers.
  • When you go away from home leave word with a neighbor; stop mail and newspapers. Citizens may request a Police Officer check their residence when they plan to be away for an extended absence.
  • When children are home alone be sure they know how to call 911 or local emergency numbers.
  • Teach children to walk and play with other children, not alone, and to refuse rides or gifts from strangers in the neighborhood.

Guidelines for a Safe Neighborhood

  • Join or start a Community Watch group.  Contact the Police Department to get one started or to find out more information.
  • Get to know your neighbors.
  • Report crimes and suspicious activities to police and be willing to testify if necessary.
  • Observe your neighborhood for things that contribute to crime - poor street lighting, abandoned cars, vacant lots, abandoned houses.
  • Encourage and invite neighbors to participate in crime prevention and awareness programs.
  • Be aware of the possibility of con artists or scams in your neighborhood in person or by phone.
  • Watch for warning signs that gang or drug activity may be developing in your neighborhood.

There are many things you and your neighbors can do to insure a safe environment.  By working together as a community and in cooperation with the Police Department you can effectively deter crime.

Youth Protection Ordinance

Read the Youth Protection Ordinance

The Youth Protection Ordinance promotes the health, safety and welfare of both juveniles and adults by creating an environment providing better protection and security for all concerned. The curfew contained within the Youth Protection Ordinance provides law enforcement a valuable tool to remove youth from potentially dangerous and volatile situations.

The curfew allows the police department and community to form the necessary partnerships to assist parents and guardians of minors in the increasingly difficult task of child rearing. It is only through this cooperation that we can successfully meet the challenge of gangs and youth violence being experienced by our community.

In order for curfew laws to be effective, they must be enforced in a consistent, fair and uniform manner. In addition, to being properly evaluated, enforcement actions must be fully documented. To these and related ends, the Greenville Police Department will establish and follow procedures and guidelines when enforcing curfew violations.

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