Crime Prevention & Safety


Residential Burglaries | Home Security | Vehicle Break-Ins | CrimeReports | Burglar Alarms | Child Safety | T-SNAP | Neighborhood Watch ProgramsIdentity Theft | Telemarketing Fraud | Pool Safety

The Town of Trumbull and the Trumbull Police Department expressly disclaim any and all liability resulting from this material and any recommendations herein, and do not represent that these recommendations will prevent a crime, or in the event of such crime, limit damage to any person or property.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES

We are asking residents to ‘help us help you’. Make sure exterior doors to your home are locked while you are away.  Notify police, or simply make note, of strange vehicles, color and license plate if available. Dial 203-261-3665 to report any (and all) suspicious activity in your neighborhood and 911 in the event of an emergency.  (Be sure to check crimereports.com for incidents in your area.)

HOME SECURITY

A small investment of time and money can make your home more secure and can reduce your chances of being a victim of burglary, assault or vandalism. Get to know your neighbors. Watchful neighbors who look out for you as well as themselves are a front line defense against crime. In almost half of all residential burglaries, thieves walk through an unlocked door or crawl through an unlocked window. Check the following:
  • Make sure every external door has a deadbolt.
  • Secure sliding glass doors with commercially available locks or broom handles.
  • Secure double-hung windows by sliding a bolt or nail through a hole drilled at a downward angle in each top corner of the inside sash and partway through the outside sash. Secure basement windows as well
  • Don't hide keys in mailboxes or under doormats. Give an extra key to neighbor you trust.
  • If you have moved into a new house or apartment, re-key the locks. Door locks aren't as effective if they are installed on flimsy doors.
  • Make sure all exterior doors are solid wood or metal
  • Doors should fit tightly in their frames, with hinge pins on the inside.
  • Install a peep-hole or wide-angle viewers in all entry doors, so you can see who is outside without opening the door. Door chains are not a security device.
To discourage burglars from selecting your home as their target of opportunity, make sure to:
  • Prune back shrubbery that hides doors and windows. Cut back tree limbs that could help a thief climb into windows.
  • Illuminate porches, entrances, and yards - front and back. Consider timers or motion sensors.
  • Keep your yard well maintained. Store ladders and tools inside your locked garage, basement, or storage shed when you're not using them
  • Clearly display your house number so police and other emergency vehicles can find your home quickly.
  • Help the neighborhood stay in good shape.
  • Put lights and radios on timers to create the illusion that someone is at home when you are away.
  • Update your home inventory, with complete description, serial numbers, photographs or engravings.
What About Alarms? If you have valuables in your home, or live in an isolated area or a neighborhood vulnerable to break-ins, consider an alarm system. Before you invest in alarms:
  • Check with several companies and decide on the level of security that fits your needs.
  • Look for an established company and check references before signing a contract.
  • Learn how to use your system properly.
Other Tips:
  • If you come home and find a screen has been cut or a door has been forced open, don't go in. Call the police.
  • If you hear a noise in the night that sounds like somebody breaking in or moving around, call the police and wait for them to come. 
  • If you can leave safely, do so. Otherwise lock yourself in a room, or if the intruder is in the room, pretend to be asleep.

Think carefully before buying a firearm for protection. Guns can be stolen and sold to anyone, or captured and used on you or the police. If you do own a gun, lock it up and learn how to use it safely.

VEHICLE BREAK-INS

Don't be a victim of vehicle break-in. Lock your car doors and don't leave anything of value in your car. Thieves often look for electronic devices such as a GPS and for bags that may or may not contain valuables.

PREVENT CAR BURGLARIES:

Car Burglaries are easily prevented but very difficult to solve. Very little physical evidence is left behind at the scene and most of the time there are no witnesses. Follow these tips and you can minimize your risk of being a victim:

  • Always close your windows and lock your doors.
  • Never leave your vehicle running unattended
    • Park in well lit, visible areas
    • Make sure the exterior lighting on your residence is working properly
    • Park in your garage when possible
    • Always remove your valuables or at least secure them in your trunk
    • Leaving GPS mounts, cell phone car-chargers, or satellite radio docking stations visible in the car will invite thieves to break your window. 
    We urge you to report suspicious activity and don’t hesitate to use 911. If you think it’s suspicious, it is. You know your neighborhood, so we need your help in identifying who doesn’t belong there.

    Crime Reports

     

    Working with more than 600 agencies across North America, CrimeReports is the largest online resource for accurate, up-to-date crime information. By partnering with CrimeReports, the Trumbull Police share information with residents regarding police activity in their neighborhood and across town. Residents can also sign-up to receive email alerts regarding police activity at Crime Reports.

    Burglar Alarms

    In 2009, the Trumbull Police Department responded to 2,830 burglar alarm calls. This represents more than 14% of the 19,716 calls for service the department responded to in 2009. This makes responding to burglar alarms the second most active call type for the Trumbull Police in 2009 (behind 3,650 motor vehicle stops).
    The cost of responding to these alarm calls was about $56,600 in 2009 - or roughly a patrolman's salary. Responding to false alarms is clearly costly, time-consuming and inefficient. How can you help reduce the number of false alarms? The Security Industry Alarm Coaltion provides the following information for alarm users: 5 Quick Tips for Alarm Users | More Tips for Alarm Users

    We hope you find this information useful. Your help in reducing the number of false alarms is greatly appreciated.

    Click here to find the Trumbull False Alarm Abatement Ordinance.

    Child Safety

    Parents, guardians, and adults who care for children face constant challenges when trying to help keep children safer in today's fast-paced world. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) offers easy-to-use safety resources to help address these challenges.

    T-SNAP - Trumbull Special Needs Awareness Program

    The Trumbull Police Department is pleased to offer the T-SNAP, Trumbull's Special Needs Awareness Program. Through participation in T-SNAP, Trumbull residents can, voluntarily, share information regarding their special needs with Trumbull’s Emergency Services – Police, Fire and EMS. The goal of the T-SNAP program is to enable Trumbull’s emergency services personnel to better respond to emergencies involving individuals with special needs. For more information regarding T-SNAP, click here.

    Neighborhood Watch Programs

    A Neighborhood Watch Program is one of the most effective answers to crime. Watch groups are a foundation of community crime prevention.

    Neighborhood Watch Programs typically involve the following activities:
    • Neighbors getting to know one another and working in a program of mutual assistance
    • Training to assist neighbors in recognizing and reporting suspicious activities in their neighborhoods
    • Implementation of crime prevention programs

    To get started in organizing your own Neighborhood Watch Program, first talk to your neighbors to discuss needs, the level of interest, and possible challenges. Then contact Officer Timothy Fedor of the Trumbull Police Department at 203-261-3665 for help in organizing a Neighborhood Watch. The Trumbull Police Department will be able to assist in training members in home security and reporting skills, as well as provide information on local crime patterns.

    Identity Theft

    More than 400,000 people were victims of identity theft last year, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. It could affect you or someone you know at any time.

    Identity theft occurs when somebody steals your personal information (credit card numbers, social security number, etc) and poses as you, running up charges or emptying your bank accounts.

    It could take months or years to learn if you are a victim. Some people don't find out until they apply for a loan and get turned down because of a bad credit report.

    Some ways to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of this type of crime are:
    • Do not give out your personal information: Do not give this information over the phone or the computer unless you are sure of who you are talking to and initiated the contact.
    • Destroy unused financial solicitations: Such as credit card application and other financial documents. Tear them up or shred them.
    • Report lost or stolen checks, ATM cards or credit cards immediately.
    • Make sure your mailbox is secure and remove mail as soon as possible.
    • If you do not receive a credit card statement one month, contact your credit card company or financial institution: Thieves may remove mail from your mailbox or use other methods to obtain your statements.
    • Check your credit report annually: This lets you know of any unauthorized access.

    Information about how to protect yourself against identity theft as well as helpful information in the event you are a victim of identity theft is available from the following websites:

    If you have been the victim of identity theft or fraudulent financial activity, you may file a complaint by following the instructions on the Detective Division page.

    Telemarketing Fraud

    Experts estimate that consumers lose more than $100 billion annually to a broad assortment of frauds, cons and scams. Fraudulent telemarketing and direct mail appeals account for $40 billion of this total.

    Alarmingly, the elderly are a major target for con artists, especially phony fund raisers and for cons offering bogus investment and insurance schemes. 

    What can you do:
    • If a caller asks for your credit card, bank account or social security number to verify a free vacation, a prize, or gift, say "NO" and hang up.
    • If you are calling a 900 number in response to an advertisement or something you received in the mail, make sure you know all the charges up front.
    • Before you agree to support a charity that calls seeking money, ask for written information about its finances and programs. If you feel you've been scammed, call the police or Better Business Bureau. Remember: consumer fraud is a crime. Finally, an offer that sounds too good to be true, probably is.

    Pool Safety

    S - Swim and wade only. Never dive, jump or slide into the pool! Serious injuries could result from avoiding this rule.
    A - Adult supervision is always required! An adult must control the activity of children swimming or playing
    F - First-time users run the highest risk of injury! Teach the rules of pool safety to all users. Actively direct attention to the "warning" pool sign before allowing them to enter the pool.
    E - Electricity and water are a fatal mix! Keep all electrical radios, speakers and other appliances away from the swimming pool.
    T - Teasing, roughhousing and horseplay do not belong in the pool area! Do not allow anyone to climb, sit or stand on the top rails of the pool. Play safe games. Be courteous and careful.
    Y - You should not permit alcohol or drugs at your pool. Keep anyone who is under the influence away from the pool area.

    Swim and wade only!

    Above-ground swimming pools are designed for swimming and wading only. Above-ground pools are shallow. Diving or jumping is prohibited and is product misuse. Do not use slides, diving boards, or any other platform or object which can be used for improper pool entry. Only use an above-ground pool ladder or staircase to enter or exit your pool. Never attempt to swim or reach behind ladders or any other pool entry system. It is the pool owner's responsibility to secure your pool against unauthorized, unsupervised, or unintentional entry. Remember, pool misuse can result in serious injury and/or be dangerous to life and health. Always obey and enforce safety rules. Above-ground swimming pools are intended to provide many hours of enjoyment. Sensible use of the product is key to safety. The pool owner must supervise the pool's safe use, operation and maintenance.

    Adult supervision is always required!

    Accidents do not take holidays. As a pool owner, you have a duty of care to all persons who use your pool. Adult supervision is the key element in getting maximum safe enjoyment from your pool. One individual must assume primary responsibility or supervising the pool. The pool supervisor must study the contents of the booklet and be thoroughly familiar with all facets of the safe operation and maintenance of the pool. He or she must take responsibility for communicating pool safety information to all persons who enter the pool area. Designate a back up for times when the primary supervisor is unavailable. A child left alone in the backyard for a moment can be serious. An accident can only take seconds. There is no substitute for adult supervision.

    Tips to remember:

    • Keep your child by your side! If you must leave the backyard, even for a moment, take your child with you. One lapse in attention can spell tragedy. Don't take the chance.
    • Remove toys from the pool when it's not in use. Floating toys attract youngsters. Your child can easily fall into the pool trying to retrieve a toy. Don't allow children to play with toys having sharp edges because they could cut the liner and cause the pool to rupture. Serious personal injury could occur!
    • Do not rely on plastic inner tubes, inflatable armbands or other toys to prevent accidents.
    • Remove vegetation and other obstacles to assure a clear view of the pool from the house. Teach your children to swim!
    • Be especially alert for potential drowning accidents. If you use any lightweight, floating pool covers (i.e. solar or insulating covers). No one should walk or crawl on them. The pool should never be used when these covers are in use because you may become entrapped. Always completely remove any cover before using your pool. Never swim under the cover. Drain any standing water from the surface of your pool. Even a small amount of water may be sufficient for a small child to drown.
    • Do not allow children to play on the pool deck. A pool deck is not a safe play area. Teach your child to stay away from the pool until you (or another adult) can be there.
    • Keep doors and gates locked. Doors opening to the backyard and unlocked gates give children a fast, easy track to the pool when your back is turned. Watch all entries to the pool and make sure they are locked.
    • Maintain a clear zone around the perimeter of the pool. Do not place objects (chairs, tables or equipment) near the pool barrier because a child or youngster could climb them to gain access to the pool.
    • Keep lifesaving equipment next to the pool. These items should remain stationary and not be misplaced.
    • Do not permit playful screaming for help or false alarms, which might mask a real emergency.
    • Never leave children with caretakers or supervisors unless they are capable and responsible in the pool environment. All supervisors must read the safety rules and be informed.
    • Comply with Fencing rules and recommendations. Some states require pool fencing. A pool fence will deter unsupervised children from access to the pool. Locked exterior fencing around the entire pool is strongly recommended.

    First time pool users run the highest risk of Injury!

    Before pool users enter the pool, inform them of the safety rules. These rules should be clearly communicated and understood by all persons, who use your pool. Consistently enforce the safety rules. Inform family and guests who come to enjoy your pool of the safety rules that you have established.

    Electricity and water are a fatal mix!

    Consult with a licensed electrician for help in equipping your pool area correctly for electricity. The licensed electrician should be aware of any local electrical codes that apply in your area, and ensure that your pool equipment is installed to conform to the National Electrical Code (NEC) for pools and related equipment. Contract with a licensed electrician to make sure that your entire outside electrical lines are protected by ground fault interrupters (GFCI's), which are designed to protect against hazards of electrical shock. Stay out of the pool during lightning or rainstorms because there is a possibility of electrocution from lightning hitting the water. Please refer to your owner's guide for more details about safely operating your pump and filter.

    Teasing, roughhousing and horseplay don't belong in the pool area!

    Games that may appear safe sometimes are not. Encourage and supervise the use of good pool games and toys. Prohibit horseplay, especially throwing or pushing someone into a pool. Prohibit any diving activity. Do not allow running on the pool deck, as injuries may occur from slips and falls. No one should sit, lean or stand on pool top rails or fence rails. Deck must have a slip-resistant surface, such as synthetic turf or similar textured surface. Contact dealers for material and color selections.

    Install a deck pool ladder for entry and exit from the pool. Keep deck clean and clear of objects that someone could trip over or step on resulting in injury.

    Check regularly for signs of wear or loose bolts that could make your ladder or deck a safety risk. Follow local codes for deck construction. Follow manufacturer's instructions for installation. Instruct pool users about proper use of pool ladders and stairs. Allow only one person at a time on the ladder. Never allow anyone to dive or jump from the ladder. If you cannot lock your ladder away when not in use, remove it from the pool when pool is not in use. Remember, locked exterior fencing around all four sides of the pools is strongly recommended and could be mandatory depending on your city codes. Check your city code for guidelines.

    You should not permit alcohol or drugs at your pool.

    Use of alcohol or drugs do not mix with pool activities. Persons who have been drinking alcohol should not be allowed in the pool, and should be carefully supervised in the area of the pool. Alcohol and certain drugs act as depressants. They can "slow you down". Alcohol can instill false courage; leading people to try things they normally would not. Prescription medicines can sometimes cause drowsiness or have other side effects. If you are taking prescription medicine, check with your doctor before using the pool. Many people believe that they have to drink a lot to be affected by alcohol. Alcohol, in just one or two drinks, can affect your judgment even though you don't feel or appear to be drunk. The effects of alcohol are a major contributor to pool accidents. Supervise your pool activities.

    Share S-A-F-E-T-Y with family and friends. Teach young children the 6 rules of pool safety immediately!

    Always think "safety first" and share your wisdom!