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Tracy police provide residential crime prevention tips
Tracy police provide residential crime prevention tips

TRACY - The Tracy Police Department wants to make sure residents have security tips for landscaping and lighting around your home, to help keep you and your family safe, and prevent crime.

Residential Landscaping 
Plant materials should be trimmed so they are not any higher than the sill of the window or they have no branches below 3-feet, to create a clearance space to allow you to have a clear line of sight. If you have any overgrown bushes or shrubs, they should be trimmed and removed. At a minimum, overgrown bushes should be trimmed 1-foot from any building structure wall and should be trimmed to a height of 3-feet. If trimming a bush to that height is not possible or would potentially kill the plant, it should be trimmed up 1-foot from the ground. 

Outdoor Lighting 
It is a well known fact that lighting is an instrumental part to reducing crime. Although most lighting might assist you and reduce your percentage of becoming a crime victim, you must use the lights properly in order to be an effective deterrent to burglars and intruders, and improve your overall home security.

Illuminating your home is key, especially near doorways and at the rear of your residence, where break-ins typically occur. Exterior lighting should be set up high and out of reach, so it is tamper proof. If possible, use motion sensitive lighting to alert you and/or your neighbors that someone is in your yard. This will greatly improved your home security and help to protect your home. Lighting in your carport and garage is also critical. Most automatic garage door openers have a light that operates when the opener is activated, lighting the garage interior. In your carport, it’s possible to wire the fixtures to a photo-cell or timer so that they automatically come on at dusk or turn off at dawn. We recommend that you inspect and test your equipment regularly to see if your lights come on unnecessarily, or if you need to set the sensitivity of the sensor just right.

Exterior and interior security lighting is always evolving with new systems available to turn many lights in the home on and off at different times during the night, vacation or other times away, to give the illusion that someone is at home.

For more information about crime prevention tips, contact the Tracy Police Department at (209) 831-4550, Crime Prevention at (209) 831-6581 or Code Enforcement at (209) 831-4600.

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