Tips for Residents

One of the more prevalent crimes in the summer months are thefts from vehicles. The following are a few tips on how to avoid becoming a statistic and a victim of someone stealing items from your parked vehicle:

  • Always lock your vehicle when parked and not in use. Even if to just run into your home or place of business for a short period of time.
  • Never leave your GPS device, i-Pod, or any other electronic device where it is visible from the outside of the vehicle. Always place it in the glove compartment or center console, etc.
  • Never leave the windows down or even cracked open during hot weather months, as it will only take a criminal a very short amount of time to gain access to your car.

Another type of crime of opportunity that is common in summer months is when residents leave their screen doors unlocked allowing anyone to walk into your home. If you have screen doors in either the front or rear of your home, please spend a few dollars and have a lock or latching device installed. These locks should be engaged whenever that room is unoccupied.

When going to bed for the night, or when not at home, please make sure all windows that are accessible from the ground level are closed and locked. Ground level unlocked windows are the first place a criminal will look to enter your home.

If you have any questions on how to better secure your home or property, please contact the Police Department at 610-373-0111 and we will have one of our Crime Prevention Officers visit your home to perform a security survey.




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The Borough of West Reading
500 Chestnut Street
West Reading, PA 19611
Office: 610-374-8273
Fax: 610-374-8419
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