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  1. Metropolitan Police Department Nashville, TN Community Services Unit

  2. Self Awareness & Workplace Crime Prevention

  3. Metro Nashville Facts (2002)… • Metro Nashville & Davidson County covers 533 sq. miles • Estimated population of 579,500 people • There are approximately 2,560 miles of roadway and 1,055,173 registered motor vehicles • D.C.S.O. booked 66,370 individuals on violations of state and metro law M.N.P.D.

  4. 2002 Calls for Service • 911 Emergency Calls ( 374,612 ) • 862-8600 Urgency without Emergency ( 796,093 ) • Total ( 1,170,705 ) M.N.P.D.

  5. Crime in Nashville - 2002 • Homicide 65 • Rape 399 • Robbery 2,149 • Aggravated Assault 6,139 • Simple Assault 17,129 • Burglary 7,524 • Larceny 25,620 • Auto Theft 4,961 M.N.P.D.

  6. Workplace Crime • Every crime that occurs • on the street occurs in the workplace • Some occupations are statistically more likely to become victims of violent crime than others • We typically spend a large amount of time at the workplace • Other people can usually find us at our workplace • Control the entrance points to your workplace and restrict visitor movement • Consider employee I.D. badges, sign in logs and visitor passes • Limit the amount of cash kept onsite, observe safe handling procedures and never resist a robbery • Keep valuables under lock and key, record serial #’s M.N.P.D.

  7. Advise management or a trusted co-worker if a problem situation in your personal life may spillover into the workplace If potentially violent argument erupts, tell the person to leave and immediately call the police – document & prosecute Observe safe mail handling procedures & be aware of unusual or out of place items in the event of a bomb threat, write down the callers exact words & other details In the event of an administrative or emergency building evacuation, designate a rally point Workplace Safety M.N.P.D.

  8. Personal Safety • Always be aware of your surroundings • Walk confidently and with a purpose • Scan the parking area as you approach your car • Carry your car keys in your hand in parking lots • Park in well lighted areas • Do not park beside vans • Immediately lock the doors • Keep windows rolled up M.N.P.D.

  9. Do not carry a purse if not needed Do not display large sums of cash Put money away before exiting store Never open your wallet for panhandlers Do not let strangers invade your personal space Travel with someone if possible Use ATM’s located inside a business Consider carrying a cellular phone for emergencies Do not resist a robbery If you see something or someone that looks suspicious, move to a safe location and call the police Personal Safety M.N.P.D.

  10. Burglary Prevention • 80% of burglaries occur between 10:00AM. and 4:00PM. • 20% of burglarized homes are unlocked • Operation ID - record serial numbers, engrave and photograph valuables • Watch your neighborhood • Don’t announce vacation dates M.N.P.D.

  11. Use floodlights with motion or dusk to dawn sensors Consider the use of timers on lights and radios Consider a professionally installed alarm Have newspapers & mail stopped when away Do not put your name on the mailbox Never open the door to a stranger, talk through a closed door Use peep holes on doors Use “Beware of Dog” signs Install dead bolt locks Time & Noise…A burglars worst enemies! Burglary Prevention M.N.P.D.

  12. Auto Theft Prevention • Do not leave items visible inside your car • Never leave your keys in the ignition • Never leave your car running while unattended • Keep copies of your car registration available • Always keep doors locked & windows rolled up M.N.P.D.

  13. Watch Your Car Program • Free voluntary decal program involving state & local law enforcement • “Watch Your Car” decals displayed on front & rear windows • Police Officers that observe vehicles out between 1AM & 5 AM may stop to check driver • Consider VIN Etching • 1-800-394-9342 Front Sticker Rear Sticker M.N.P.D.

  14. Fraud • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is • Never give out personal or financial information • Check references before doing business • Report and cancel lost or stolen credit cards, phone cards and checks • Investigate charities prior to donating to them M.N.P.D.

  15. Important Phone Numbers • If criminal or suspicious activity is observed, call the police immediately from a safe location • Pen, paper and the telephone are your best weapons against crime • Give detailed descriptions of suspects and their vehicles, nothing is insignificant • Check crime maps & recovered property at www.nashville.gov M.N.P.D.

  16. Summary • Stay alert to your surroundings • Watch out for your neighborhood • Call the police • Questions ? M.N.P.D.