Home and neighborhood security

Neighbors working together and staying alert, can really help improve the safety of a neighborhood.
Neighborhood Security encompasses a lot of different ideas and strategies. However, the unifying element is the need for neighbors to work both as individuals and as a coordinated team.
If your neighborhood is having chronic problems with nuisances such as noise and speeding, or more serious problems such as drug or gang activities, you are not powerless to change the situation. The immediate role of the police is to respond to criminal activity, but when a situation is part of a recurring problem, active neighbors help investigations and allow police to take further action.
Your response can, as well as that of your neighbor, make a difference. Often times the partnership between neighbors and police are required to resolve the problem.

What Can you do?
  • Use Home Security Methods - There are easy ways to protect your house from becoming an easy target for burglars.
  • Report Crime - Don't assume that your neighbors have already reported the crime or that the police already know what is going on.
  • Don't Be Part of the Problem - When you live in a residential neighborhood, your actions are felt by others. By not speeding, maintaining your house and property, and being thoughtful about noise levels - you will set a standard of behavior for others in your neighborhood to follow.
What can neighbors do?
  • Community Outreach - getting involved with your Neighborhood Community Outreach Team may be the most important tool you have to reclaim your neighborhood, or to stop problems before they get too serious.
  • Be A Good Neighbor - Meet your neighbors, keep a watchful eye on the neighborhood and report suspicious activities.
  • Keep A Log - If your neighborhood is experiencing chronic problems, keeping records of where, when and what kind of activity occurred will help later, especially if there is a criminal prosecution or need to establish a pattern of behavior.
Going on vacation?

Vacations are more enjoyable when you've taken precautions to secure your home while you are away.
Everyone looks forward to taking vacations. Unfortunately, this can be an opportune time for a burglar to strike, especially if there are obvious signs that your home is unoccupied. Whether gone for a day or a couple of weeks, take the following precautions:

  • Check all doors and windows to make sure they are securely locked. If any locks need to be replaced or reinforced, make these improvements before you leave.
  • Use automatic timers on interior lights. A timer can also be used on a portable radio.
  • Use photo electric cells (which screw into the light socket) on exterior lights. These devices will "automatically" turn lights on/off depending on the level of darkness.
  • If you will be gone for an extended period of time, arrange to have your lawn mowed. It is also a good idea to ask a neighbor to park a car in your driveway and to use your garbage container.
  • Make sure that items such as children's toys, ladders, lawn furniture, etc. are put away.
  • A trusted neighbor should be informed of your vacation plans; when you are leaving and expected return date. Leave a key with a trusted friend or neighbor so that the position of curtains, blinds can be changed. Also if you don't cancel newspapers and postal delivery, ask them to pick up and place in the house.
  • Inform trusted neighbors on all four sides of when you'll be gone so that a complete look-out is maintained. Be selective, however, in announcing your plans to anyone else.
  • If you have an alarm system, make sure it's activated when you leave. Leave the alarm key with a neighbor and show them how to turn the system on and off.

For a Safer Kennett

The philosophy of our Department is that of Community Oriented Policing.  This philosophy has two core components: community partnerships and problem solving.  It requires that we work together with citizens to solve community problems identified by citizens.

"Committed to the Improvement of the Quality of Life in our Community."

If you are interested in getting involved please contact the Kennett Police Department.