By Stan Rosenzweig
Kudos to our fine Cottonwood Heights Police Dept. for quick response and apprehensions following burglaries in some of our neighborhoods. Recently, CHPD apprehended part of team that has been involved in numerous burglaries that took advantage of unlocked autos and unlocked home garages.
Thank you to those who have installed video surveillance cameras. Other simple steps to prevent crime won't cost a dime. They include locking the car and garage — always.
Despite taking all the right precautions, some bad guys will still take your things. That is why it is important to keep records, making it easier to get lost items back.
Our police officers have been pretty good at running down criminals and recovering stolen goods. But then what? How do they know who all the stuff belongs to? More importantly to you, how will they know that the recovered stuff is yours?
At a recent meeting of Neighborhood Watch volunteers, CHPD Assistant Chief Paul Brenneman stressed the need for all residents to document our personal belongings. Start with your belongings that have serial numbers, such as TVs and electronic items, computers and printers, watches, cameras, power tools, garden equipment, bicycles. There are lots of things that you own that can be identified by serial number, model number, brand name and age. They can more easily be returned if you have taken a couple of minutes to do one thing: Put them all on a written list.
Because jewelry usually doesn't come with serial numbers, it can be very helpful to both police and yourself to take a picture of such valuables. Photograph all those things you hold dear and would hate to lose, including art objects and other items that you would really want back if stolen.
While you’re at it, add to the list all your credit cards and charge cards. If they were lifted, you would have a simple document with each card’s company, card number and a phone number to call to stop the cards, but if you do this, make sure the list is stored in a secure place. I have made a list and I keep a copy in a secure place in “the cloud,” but you don’t have to be so "techie." Whatever you do, don't keep the list on your computer, because that may be one of the items that is stolen.
As the saying goes, if you see something, say something. Report suspicious activity to 801-840-4000 and for emergencies, call 911.
Be aware and prepared.