The crime rate in Topeka seems to be especially high in the last few months and residents need to take necessary precautions. An unusually high number of break-ins, burglaries, and robberies, have been reported in addition to the other crimes that have occurred. There are many speculations to why these crimes are more frequent within these hot summer days. It seems that stress from the diminishing economy, decrease in fundings, and the heat may all be playing a factor. Whatever the reason, citizens of Topeka should be aware of these problems and should know about the extra precautions you should take to help assure that you do not become a victim. The following list contains quick & simple suggestions that deter criminals from you and your home. Especially now, You’re Better Safe Than Sorry.
•Close and lock all exterior doors-whether you are home or not
•Leave lights and/or TV on inside the house when unoccupied (worth the extra $)
•Use yard and motion lights at night and/or leave a light on for yourself
•Always keep your garage door closed-even during the day when at home
•Keep computer, stereos, and other expensive items out of direct sight of windows
•Invest in solid deadbolts and have a professional install them
•Keep cash, jewelry and guns in a place other than your bedroom
•Keep valuables (purses, wallets, electronics) out of sight in your vehicles
•If you have a security system, USE IT
•MOST IMPORTANTLY- USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM
These simple precautions can help keep you out of harm’s way from robberies, burglaries and break-ins. By taking these steps, you can keep your home and your family from being a target. We’re all going to have to work together to cut the crime in Topeka. If you have any information about a crime or possibly the location of a criminal, please contact the Topeka Police Department or contact Crime Stoppers of Topeka. If they’re no help, contact us and we’ll make a big deal about it. One way or another, it has to be the people of Topeka that make an impact in reducing the crime here in our Capital City. Together we can stop crime, one criminal at a time.