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Personal Safety

  • Be alert to your surroundings.
  • Stay in well-lighted areas as much as possible.
  • Make eye contact with people when walking.
  • Educate yourself concerning crime prevention tactics.
  • Walk confidently and at a steady pace.

Vehicle Safety

  • Lock the doors.
  • When you park your car, remove all valuables.
  • Lock the trunk or tailgate.
  • Roll up the windows when exiting your car.
  • Use anti-theft devices.

Burglary Prevention

  • Install dead bolt locks.
  • Make sure all lights work.
  • Put lights on timers if going on vacation.
  • Invest in an alarm system.
  • Invest in solid core doors instead of hollow core doors.
  • Download our Burglary Prevention List

Brochures and informative pamphlets on public safety and crime prevention are available in each of the department’s facilities or from the Public Information Office.

10 Most Frequently Asked Questions of Crime Prevention

How can I get involved in a Neighborhood Watch program?

Meet with your neighbors and decide on a meeting day and time that's convenient for everyone to have Police Department personnel come out and discuss the Neighborhood Watch program. Once a meeting day is decided upon, contact the Neighborhood Watch coordinator and indicate you would like to start a Neighborhood Watch program. Police Department representatives will attend the meeting, discuss the program, pass out information and answer questions. These meetings can be fun as well as informative for you and your neighbors.

Does the Police Department recommend installing an alarm system in a home?

Yes, but make sure once you install an alarm system that you follow the proper guidelines to prevent false alarms from constantly happening. Currently there is a city ordinance that states after three false alarms within a 12-month period, the resident or business owner will be billed $126 per false alarm.

How can I protect my home from burglaries?

Memorize the three L's of Neighborhood Watch - Lights, Locks and Landscaping. With those in mind, make sure all areas of your home inside and outside have adequate lighting, install sturdy locks in all doors and windows, and keep your lawn and shrubbery well-manicured. If you go away on vacation, tell someone you trust you'll be away and have them pick up mail and newspapers. Also, consider putting your lights on timers. Contact the Redlands Police Department and ask for a "Vacation House-Check." Redlands Police Citizen Volunteer Patrol officers will go to your home on a regular basis while you are away and check to make sure your home is secured. Download our Burglary Prevention List.

What can I do to protect my car from being stolen?

Always make sure the windows are up and that the vehicle is locked, even if you are only stepping out of your car for a few minutes. Invest in theft prevention devices and use them. Remove all valuables from your vehicle at all times. Putting them under your seat or in the glove compartment does not prevent them from being stolen.

How can I prevent myself or my elderly relative from being a victim of a scam?

Most importantly, ask for identification of calls and people that come to your door at all times. Do not order anything from companies that are unfamiliar to you. Be wary of strangers who approach you in a parking lot and present you with "get-rich-quick schemes." If that happens, go to your nearest law enforcement agency and report it. Never give out your Social Security number over the telephone. Do not feel rushed to order products solicited by telephone. Take your time and do research on the company if necessary.

What do I say if an unknown caller asks for a donation, and I'm not familiar with the organization?

Ask for a number to call the person back, and then check with Consumer Affairs or the Better Business Bureau to see if the organization is legitimate.

Is the Police Department currently involved in any fund-raising events?

Throughout the year, the Redlands Police Officers Association may be involved in fund-raising events.

How can I sign up for a ride along with a police officer?

A citizen must submit a letter of request to go on a Ride Along. The letter should state the citizen's name, address, phone number, date of birth, and California Driver's License number. The letter should indicate when is the most convenient time and day for a scheduled ride along. Send the letter to the Community Relations and Crime Prevention Office at the Redlands Police Department, 30 Cajon St., Redlands, CA. 92373. Once the letter is received by staff, it is screened and the citizen will be called when a day and time has been scheduled for the Ride Along.

How can I become a volunteer for the Police Department?

There are several auxiliary units within the Department. Obtain information on each one by visiting the Department and talking with a Police Department representative about the volunteer groups. Then ask for an application at the Police Department 1270 W Park Ave #C. Return it and the Police Department representative in charge of the auxiliary unit will schedule an appointment with you. Visit the Volunteer page of the Redlands Police Department website for further information on the volunteer units.

Who do I call if I want to report graffiti?

If the graffiti occurred on your property, make a report at the Police Department. If it occurred at another location, contact the Public Works Department at 909-798-7655. It is still a good idea to report the graffiti to the Police Department though, even if it did not occur on your property.

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