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Crime Prevention Tips

Post Date:02/26/2019 9:39 AM

The Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) wants to offer its residents tips to help keep you, your home and your vehicle secure, and how you can report criminal activity. By taking a few simple steps, you can reduce the risk to yourself while also discouraging those who commit crime.

Personal Safety Tips

  • Be alert to your surroundings and the people around you, especially if you are alone or it is dark.
  • Educate yourself concerning prevention tactics by attending a Neighborhood Watch meeting. Visit for meeting dates and times.
  • Be aware of locations and situations that would make you vulnerable to crime, such as alleys and dark parking lots.
  • Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible.
  • Walk close to the curb. Avoid doorways, bushes and alleys where someone could hide.
  • Walk confidently and at a steady pace.
  • Make eye contact with people when walking.
  • Do not respond to conversation from strangers on the street--just continue walking.
  • If you carry a purse, hold it securely between your arm and your body.

Home Burglary Prevention Tips

  • Always lock your doors and windows, even when leaving for “just a minute.”
  • Never leave a house key available, such as under a doormat, in a flower pot, on the ledge of the door, or other “secret” hiding places. These are the first places a burglar will look.
  • Install deadbolt locks on all your exterior doors. Exterior doors should have deadbolt locks with a one-inch strong metal bar extending into the frame. 
  • Install special locks on sliding doors and windows. “Ventilation” locks and auxiliary locks will increase security.
  • Install good locks on garage, cellar, patio or other doors that lead out through storage areas or a spare room.

Going Out or on Vacation?

  • Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day. 
  • Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers to build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take it regularly. 
  • Sign up for a Vacation Home Check by our Volunteers in Partnership with the Sheriff (VIPS) by calling (916) 875-9600.
  • In short, make your house look lived in.
  • Remember, if you come home and see a broken window or a jimmied door, don’t go in. Confronting a burglar can be dangerous. Contact RCPD immediately by calling 9-1-1.

Vehicle Security Tips

  • Don’t leave anything of value in your vehicle. Most burglars are simply looking for something of value to take. When parked at home, take valuable items into the house.
  • Always lock the doors and close the windows of your vehicle. Many burglars simply check door handles and move on if the door is locked.
  • If your vehicle is equipped with a security system, use it. If your vehicle will regularly sit outside at home, consider getting an alarm system installed on your vehicle. The noise caused by the alarm will scare most burglars away, as you and your neighbors will be alerted.
  • Use your garage to park your vehicle in. Keep your garage door closed and locked. It’s not always practical, but a car in the garage is safer than a car on the street.
  • If you can’t use a garage, park your vehicle in your driveway or assigned parking space within your community. This is one more visible barrier to a burglar, as many simply walk down the street and check parked vehicles.
  • Ensure adequate lighting on the vehicle, driveway and surrounding areas. Sensor lighting that comes on at dusk and off at dawn works best. Motion lighting can be defeated by a burglar with little effort.
  • Consider installing a video camera that will clearly record someone attempting to break into your vehicle or home. 

How to Report Criminal Activity

RCPD is asking residents and businesses to report any and all criminal activity. Here are ways you can make a report:

  • To report a crime in progress or suspicious activity, call 9-1-1.
  • You can also now send a text message to 9-1-1 from your mobile phone or handheld device.
  • To report a crime after the fact, please call our non-emergency number at (916) 362-5115.
  • File a police report online at 
  • Have information on a crime? Submit a tip online at 
  • Report homeless camps, shopping carts, traffic safety concerns, abandoned vehicles, and more using Fresh Connect, the City’s online reporting system. Simply snap a photo and send your report via the City’s website or mobile app, and get an update once the problem is resolved. Visit to get started today!
  • Do NOT report a crime via our social media pages. These pages are not monitored 24/7 and neither are we able to track these reports for data purposes.

Tune in to future editions of The Dispatch e-newsletter for additional crime prevention tips! Not a subscriber? Sign up now by clicking here. By working together, we can continue to make Rancho Cordova a safe place for all!

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