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NYPD Community Affairs Bureau Crime Prevention Tips

posted Aug 1, 2012, 7:43 AM by Roger Thomas   [ updated Sep 3, 2014, 5:11 AM ]

NYPD Community Affairs Bureau 

Crime Prevention Section 


  Crime Prevention Tips



For the Park Enthusiast

The parks in New York are one of the City's finest assets. They are a great place to go and relax. The tranquility of the parks is rarely disturbed by criminal acts, but the Police Department recommends taking these simple precautions to ensure your safety.
  • Do not take shortcuts or dirt paths through wooded areas. Stay on well-lighted, populated pathways.
  • Remember there is safety in numbers. Always walk or run with a friend. Look into joining a local community running club.
  • Remain alert and aware at all times. Don't wear headphones.
  • Carry your wallet in the side pants pockets or inside jacket pocket. Never carry a wallet in the rear pants pocket.
  • Carry pocketbooks in the bend of the elbow, close to the body. If there is a long strap, wrap it around the bag. If someone should attempt to snatch your purse..... let it go.
  • Don't wear excessive amounts of jewelry or carry large amounts of cash. Divide your money between pockets and handbags.
  • Familiarize yourself with your local park. Know the locations of public phones and police call boxes.
  • Should someone attempt to verbally harass you, just keeping on walking. Responding to this kind of behavior could escalate the situation.
  • Know the locations of stores or businesses which may be open in the vicinity of the park. These locations may be a safe place to go should you feel threatened.
  • Always carry some form of identification, even when running. A label in your clothing will be sufficient if you are not carrying a wallet or handbag. Name and address labels should always be sewn inside the clothing of your children.
  • Closely supervise your children as they play in the park. Instruct them on how to respond to strangers.
  • Report suspicious persons or activities to the local precinct. Remember to dial "911" should you require emergency police or medical service.
  • Should you become the victim of a crime in a park or anywhere , remember the following:

    • Remain as calm as possible. Don't make any quick or sudden movements. Many times the criminal is as nervous as yourself.
    • Don't be a hero. No amount of money or property is worth your life.
    • Be observant. Try to remember as much as possible about the criminal: sex, age, race, clothing, height, weight, etc..
    • Call the police via "911" immediately after the incident. Follow the instructions of the "911" operator and provide all the necessary information.



Some train tips….

 Some train tips…. Cell phones and other electronic devices are prime targets for thieves who remove these devices right from the victim’s hands as the train doors close – leaving you helpless, and without your gadget!


Over 70% of larcenies occur on the train and just under 15% occur on the platform, so for your safety we ask that you try to refrain from using your electronic devices onboard the train or station platforms. 


 Secure your electronic devices on your person and out of plain view. Keep bags closed and zipped/fastened shut.


If you must use your device on the train, do so away from the doors and remain alert – headphones are a signal you are probably distracted.


 Register your iPhone using the “find my iPhone” application, and keep a record of your device’s serial numbers to aid in the reporting of loss or theft.


For more information on preventing theft, or for other crime prevention and personal safety tips visit our website:


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