The Crime Watch Program is comprised of residents who have joined together to help prevent crime in the Mechanicsburg area.
All residents are invited to attend the meetings on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Senior Citizens Center on Portland Street. Mayor Jack Ritter and Borough resident Jack Baker currently head the program. A representative of the Police Department gives a summary of criminal activity in the Borough each meeting and various guest speakers address a variety of topics for discussion.
Mayor Ritter received a Governor’s Award for Crime Prevention for his work in the program since it was established.
PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY
Over half of all the property stolen in the Borough is taken from cars, homes or other structures that are not locked. A simple and effective crime prevention strategy is to use existing security. Follow these easy procedures to reduce the risk of becoming a crime victim:
- When on vacation or away from home, even for a few minutes, lock your doors and windows.
- Leave your lights on, perhaps even a radio and consider the use of “timers.”
- Have a trusted neighbor gather mail and newspapers and check on your property when you are away.
- Be sure your lawns are maintained, snow is removed and garbage containers are properly placed to make your home appear that you are “home” even when you are not.
- Keep an inventory, including serial numbers, of your personal property.
- Remove briefcases, purses and other valuable property from your vehicle when you park it, close the windows and lock the doors.
PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY
Do not give any personal information, including your full name, address, date of birth or social security number to anyone unless you are positive you are dealing with a reputable business or person.
Be wary of sharing information about yourself on social networking sites on the internet. An emerging crime trend is to “data mine” information posted on such sites looking for information to perpetrate identity theft
There are many different frauds and con games occurring daily all across the country, including our Borough. The popularity of computers has only increased this problem and made it easier for criminals to attempt these fraudulent attacks. A very simple rule to remember is that if it seems too good to be true, it all probability it is a scam. You did not win a million dollars from a contest you did not enter, you did not inherit a fortune from a long lost relative if you only pay some attorney fees up front and you were not contacted by a foreign person from a corrupt country wanting you bank account information to pay you a large fee to move money out of that country. If you have any doubt, please contact the Mechanicsburg Police Department.