The Houston Police Department reminds citizens that a robbery is one of the most serious and potentially dangerous crimes committed and is a crime of violence that threatens the safety and quality of life in a community. Through awareness and prevention, you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of this crime of opportunity.
Senior Police Officer B. Curtis of the HPD Community Outreach Unit provides some personal safety tips on the HPD YouTube Channel at http://youtu.be/kPQwFgBlLaQ
Some robbery prevention tips to help reduce opportunities criminals look for when targeting a victim are:
- Lock your doors and windows when you are at home
- Install a peep-hole with a 190-degree viewing angle to see who is outside your door
- Install exterior lighting around your home
- Travel and/or park in well-lighted areas
- Walk with confidence and be aware of your surroundings
- Carry only the amount of cash you expect to use
- Remember, be observant, be on guard and be safe!
If you are the victim of a robbery, remain calm and take no action that could jeopardize your safety. Take note of any and all characteristics that would help officers identify the suspect and/or his vehicle. Go to a safe place close to the robbery scene and call 9-1-1.
For more information on personal safety and how to avoid becoming a robbery victim, go to http://www.houstontx.gov/police/pdfs/brochures/english/Robbery_Personal.pdf
The “Help Us, Help You” campaign is aimed at sharing information and educating citizens on crime prevention and everyday tips related to public safety in our city.