2011-12-11 / News

Chesaning Neighborhood Watch offers home security advice

Next meeting Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m.

CHESANING – The Chesaning Neighborhood Watch continues to educate local citizens about ways to keep their homes secure.

Chesaning Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Phil Larner has been driving around town at night, noting which streetlights were burned out. He passed that list along to the Chesaning Village Office and the lights have since been repaired. Well lit areas deter criminal activity.

“We have noticed that there are a lot of houses that are [dark at night]. People need to leave porch lights on,” Larner explained.

Village President Joe Sedlar, Jr. commented, “It’s very inexpensive to leave a fluorescent light on.” Sedlar also recommended leaving a light on inside the home. Having lights on in your home at night can discourage break-ins.

Police Chief Stacey Wilburn reminds village residents to turn in a house check sheet at the Village Office if you’re going to be out of town. That way local police will know to check the house.

“Let your neighbors that you trust know when you’re out of town, and have mail and papers stopped. If it’s snowy, have someone plow out the driveway so it looks like someone is home,” Chief Wilburn advised.

Larner recommended people have packages delivered in the back of the house so they’re not visible from the street.

Chief Wilburn talked about breaking and enterings that occurred around the holidays last year. She emphasized the importance of not leaving boxes out at the curb, especially those from big ticket items such as televisions, stereos, etc. She even suggested cutting such boxes into smaller pieces and placing them inside bags so they are not visible.

Sedlar stated, “People need to realize the economy being the way it is, people need to keep their eyes open. And if something doesn’t look right, report it. It’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Chief Wilburn reminds residents to call 9-1-1 if they see something. She expressed concern that some people are calling the office, leaving a message and wondering why an officer doesn’t show up.

Sedlar agreed adding, “9-1-1; that’s how our police force is dispatched.”

Chesaning is not the only community in the area facing an increase in breaking and enterings. Whenever you see something that doesn’t look right, call 9-1-1 to have a law enforcement officer dispatched.

The next Chesaning Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held at the Peet Community Center on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.

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