1. If you park a vehicle outside, make sure to ALWAYS lock your vehicle and DO NOT
leave valuables inside. Valuables include: anything with your name on it (ex: mail,
work badges, school IDs), garage door openers, spare house keys, tools,
money, wallets/purses, etc. If thieves can use it to trade for money or steal your
identity then please take it inside.
2. DO NOT carry your Social Security card in your wallet/purse. Oftentimes we get reports
of people leaving their purses behind or having them stolen. Your SSN is the gateway
to your identity. You will rarely need your social security card during everyday
activities. Leave it locked in a safe place.
3. If you leave for vacation, ask the Frederick Police Department for a "vacation house
watch" or make an arrangement for your neighbor to look after your home. If you
would like us to check on your home while you are away, simply come to the PD to
complete a form. Otherwise, it’s best to ask a neighbor you trust to keep an eye out for
anyone stopping by. Make sure someone is available to put your trash cans away and
collect your mail while out of town. Thieves look for simple clues that someone may be
gone before making their move.
4. If you own a trailer or camper then please make sure to keep some type of hitch lock
on it if not attached to a tow vehicle. The harder you make things to steal the less likely
it is to get stolen. Thieves don’t want to bring attention to themselves by using tools to
cut/break things, especially in a residential neighborhood.
5. If you have porch lights, then make sure they are turned on at night. Thieves like to
operate in the shadows.
6. Document serial numbers of small electronics and power tools. An easy way is to take
photos. Items stolen in Frederick can be found anywhere – if we can’t get them
entered via serial number it is likely they won’t be recovered if they are located.
7. MOST IMPORTANTLY- If you see something that is suspicious then please call dispatch
at 720- 652-4222. If it’s an emergency, then dial 9-1-1. We have found neighbors talk
frequently about suspicious incidents among themselves and on social media sites but
never actually call the police. We don’t monitor social media continuously so the best
way to let us know about an incident is to call. The sooner you place the call the better
chance we have of locating those involved.