As winter transitions into summer, Killington’s police department offers pointers regarding property break-ins and burglaries. Killington law enforcement officers will be engaging in a number of enforcement tactics to help curb these types of crimes. For example, patrol times and locations may be altered and increased, and the local police will continue working with other law enforcement agencies to gather information. It will take a community-wide effort to curb these crimes.
Here’s how you can help:
- Make your home look occupied and make it difficult to break in.
- Consider a burglar alarm.
- Include audible and video/picture surveillance. This will give law enforcement a good starting point.
- Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave or go to bed.
- Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps with automatic timers to turn on in the evening and off during the day.
- Close and lock garage doors.
- Secure vacant rental or foreclosure properties from copper thefts by using a padlock and chain security device and alarm/video. Have a reputable management company or neighbor check property regularly and at different times.
- Arrange with the post office to hold your mail or arrange for a friend or neighbor to pick it up regularly.
- Arrange for your lawn to be mowed by a trusted individual while you are gone for an extended time.
- Push-button locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Replace them with deadbolt locks.
- Make sure your property is well lit. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.
- Never hide a key outside or in an exterior building.
- Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders or robbers.
Be a good neighbor. Be vigilant, pay attention to detail and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement, or call 9-1-1 immediately. Make sure you get the description of the vehicle and include the plate number and state, and note the physical descriptions of any suspicious person(s).
Know whom to contact: Always call 9-1-1 for an emergency. For non-emergencies call Killington Police, 802-422-3200 or state police dispatch, 802-773- 9101, who will call out to the closest officer to respond.
Upon request, Killington Police are happy to provide individual property checks as well. To arrange this please email or call Whit Montgomery, chief of the Killington Police Department at [email protected] or 802-422-3200.