Driver Safety & Security
In Your Car
- Walk with purpose and stay alert.
- Approach your car with the key in hand. Look around and inside the car before getting in.
On the Road
- Keep your doors locked and windows rolled up at least partway.
- Leave enough room to maneuver around other cars when coming to a stop.
- Avoid driving alone. Go with someone whenever possible.
- Don't stop to assist a stranger whose car is broken down. Help instead by driving to the nearest phone and calling police to help.
- Park in well-lighted areas, near sidewalks or walkways.
- Don't leave valuables in plain view. Put your valuables in the trunk or out of sight.
- Even if you're rushed, look around before you get out and stay alert to the surroundings.
Preventing Car Theft
Don't Make It Easy for a Thief to Steal Your Wheels
- Every year, more than a million vehicles are stolen in the United States. That's about one vehicle every 30 seconds.
- Stolen vehicles are also often used to commit other crimes.
- Don't become a victim of this serious crime.
Reduce Your Risk
- Never leave your keys in an unattended car, even while running a quick errand.
- Always lock your car, even if it's in front of your home.
- Copy your tag number and vehicle identification number (VIN) on a card and keep them with your driver's license. Keep the registration with you, not in the car.
- Keep the keys to your home and car separate.
- Never attach a tag with your name and address to a key ring. If the keys are lost or stolen, the tag will lead a thief directly to your home.
- Avoid leaving your car unattended in public parking lots for extended periods of time.
- Avoid parking in isolated areas with little foot or auto traffic. Be especially alert in unstaffed lots and enclosed parking garages.
- Take advantage of Operation ID to engrave a personal number on CD players, tape decks and similar items.
- Consider the purchase and installation of security devices, such as alarms, "kill switch," locking gas caps, and interior hood lock and release.
- If you think someone is following you, drive to the nearest police or fire station, open service station, or other open business to get help.
- Don't pick up hitchhikers and don't hitchhike yourself.
- Keep your car in good running condition. Have enough gas to get there and back.
- If you often drive at night, or alone, consider a cellular phone to make it easier to summon help in an emergency. Call the WCPD in an emergency at 781-283-5555
What To Do
- If your car is broken into or stolen, inform police immediately.
- When buying a car from anyone except an authorized dealer, check the license number and vehicle identification with the WC Police Department for verification before you part with your money.
Bicycle Safety & Security
- Wear a helmet. Studies have shown that wearing a bicycle helmet can reduce head injuries by up to 85%.
- Wear clothes that make you more visible. Clothing should be light in color and close fitting to avoid being caught in the bicycle's moving parts. Books and other loose items should be secured to a properly installed carrier or carried in a backpack.
- Obey the rules of the road, including all traffic signs, signals, and road markings.
- Look both ways. 7 out of 10 car-bicycle crashes occur at driveways or other intersections. Children should walk their bikes across busy streets and at corners or crosswalks.
- Ride only in safe places such as parks, school grounds, bike trails, and sidewalks. Ride only in places with very little traffic. Children should ride with an adult.
- When riding in a group, ride in single file.
- Use extra caution when biking at night. Wear reflective clothing or materials (especially on ankles, wrists, back, and helmet), and ride in areas that are familiar and on streets that are brightly lighted. Ensure your bike has a headlight and front and rear reflectors.
- Ride as close to the right edge of the road as possible.
- Keep both hands on the handlebars.
Bike Theft Prevention
- Protect bikes against theft. Bikes can be stolen from any place, but simple precautions can deter would-be thieves. Remember that most bikes that are stolen were not locked!
- Always lock bikes securely, whether gone for a few minutes or a few hours. Use a U-lock, securing both wheels and the frame to a bike rack that makes it impossible to lift the bike off. For extra security, add a chain or cable with a good padlock.
- Register your bike with the WC Police Department. Record the serial number and keep it in a safe place together with the sales receipt and a photograph of the bike.
- Use Operation ID to mark the bicycle with an engraver.
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