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Tips from the Oakland Police Department---Avoid Being A Crime Victim!
what you have that could be stolen, such as money or a cell phone.
Cell phones are just like cash—when thieves see a cell phone
they want it. To be safe, treat your cell phone like your cash:
don't let anyone know you have it.
Call the OPD
non-emergency number, 777-3333, to report suspicious persons. The
police want to hear from you, and you could prevent a crime! Provide
as much information as possible, including the time you noticed
the person, the clothing worn, the shoes worn, and the manner in
which the person walked.
- Be especially
cautious around BART stations. Thieves tend to look for victims
- Try not
to walk alone at night near stations. Try to walk with people
from the BART station to your car. Be aware of who is around you,
and if someone looks suspicious, get away from him.
- Avoid making
cell phone calls while on BART or the bus. If you must make a
call, go sit near the driver and stay there.
- Be aware
of who is around you. If someone looks suspicious or makes you
feel uneasy, avoid that person. Go inside a store or business
- If you must
make a call while you are walking, go to a safe, public place,
like a store. Make your call, then conceal your phone the way
you would conceal your cash before going back to the street.
- When leaving
your car, lock it and close the windows. Take your key.
leave items inside the car, even if you think they look like trash—they’ll
still look attractive to a thief.
- When you
get in the car, close and lock the doors immediately. Keep the
doors locked and the windows rolled up.
- If you must
make a call while driving, pull over and keep an eye on who is
near your car.
- When you
are exiting or unloading your car, when walking from your car
to your home, or when spending time in your front yard, do these
- Be cautious
of anyone on the street who makes you feel uneasy.
- If you
view such a person and are in the front yard, quickly go inside
and lock the doors. If you are in a car, stay in the car with
locked doors and windows. Either use a cell phone to call
someone to escort you inside, or drive away and come back
ever open your door to anyone you do not know.
- Use ATM's
in well lighted, populated areas. Store and bank ATM's during
the day are best. Scan the area before using the ATM. If you see
a person loitering in the area for no apparent reason, go to another
- If you see
something strange during your transaction, push cancel, take your
card and leave the area.
- After the
transaction, be alert. You’ll have cash in hand making you
a possible target. Scan the area. Leave immediately. If you suspect
danger, promptly enter the nearest store or building.