By EMOKE BEBIAK
The Columbia Neighborhood Watch held a training at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Shepard Boulevard Elementary School.
Columbia Police Officer Cynthia Crowe shared some advice on how to protect your property and make the neighborhood safer:
- Watch out for solicitors and people who want to get inside your home for obscure reasons.
- While security systems can be costly, installing a cheap alarm or horn can be effective to disrupt burglars.
- Always lock your car.
- Close the garage door even if you’re at home.
- Make a detailed list of your property including serial numbers, which can be presented to the insurance company in case of a burglary.
- If you’re going on vacation, make sure to notify the post office and request that they stock your mail.
If you notice any suspicious behavior, contact the Columbia Police Department at their non-emergency number: 442-6131. This number can be used to report crime that is not in progress.
For more information on the Neighborhood Watch Program and how to get involved, visit the website of the Office of Neighborhood Services.