Crime is on the increase in most large U.S. cities. It is also becoming more prevalent in small communities. Thinking that it can only happen to someone else and not taking precautionary measures makes you the perfect victim criminals are looking for. Making yourself less of a target is much easier than you might think.
The Seguin Police Department strives to educate the community about crime prevention techniques. By doing this, we can reduce the number of crimes in the City of Seguin and increase the quality of life for our citizens. Please contact the SPD Community Engagement Officer for Crime Prevention tips and training by calling 830-386-2582 or email Crime Prevention.
Report a Crime
In case of an emergency, call 911 to report crime.
Home Safety Tips
Here are some tips to keep your home safe during a vacation, holidays or whenever you are away from home.
- Keep all doors and windows closed and securely fastened. An open window or door is an open invitation for burglars. Thieves are also quick to spot weak locks that may be easily forced open.
- Doors should have deadbolt locks with a one-inch throw and reinforced strike plate with three inch screws. All windows should have window locks.
- Secure sliding glass doors. Place a metal rod or piece of plywood in the track and install vertical bolts. This will help prevent burglars from forcing the door open or lifting it off the track.
- Always lock the door to an attached garage. Don't rely on your automatic garage door opener for security.
- Create the illusion that you are home by using timers on lights, radios and TV's. Making your residence appear occupied, even when no one is home, will deter criminals.
- Keep the perimeter of your home well lit. Installing low voltage outdoor lighting is a cost-effective way to discourage intruders, as well as highlight a house.
- Never leave clues that you are away on a trip. Have a trusted neighbor collect mail and newspapers while you are away so delivered items do not accumulate. You can also ask a neighbor to park in your driveway or parking place to make it appear that you are home.
- Keep some shades and blinds up and curtains open to maintain a normal, everyday appearance in your residence.
- Never leave a message on your telephone answering machine telling people that you are away from home. The same goes for social media posts. A message that you will return at a certain time leaves your home vulnerable in the interim.
- Keep shrubbery trimmed away from entrances and walkways. While large, ornate hedges may be beautiful, they also provide a hiding place for burglars who need only a minute to break in through a window or door.