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Safety Tips

Thefts From Vehicles

Park your vehicle in a well-lit area when out, and as close as possible to your residence when home.

Always lock your car at night.

Remove valuables from your vehicle, or keep them out of view.

Report any suspicious activity to the Auburn Police Department immediately.

House Security

Always lock your doors and windows even when leaving for "just a minute."

Install dead bolt locks with a one-inch strong metal bar extending into the door frame on all exterior doors.

Never leave a house key under a doormat, in a flowerpot or on the ledge of the door. These are the first places burglars look.

Ensure that sliding doors and windows have "ventilation" locks as well as auxiliary locks to bolster security.

Include good locks for garage, cellar, patio or other doors that lead out through storage areas or a spare room.

Use timers so that lights, radio and TV go on and off throughout the house to indicate someone is home.

Never open the door without knowing who is there.

Photograph those items that cannot be engraved (jewelry, silverware, antiques).

Mark your valuables with your driver's license number preceded by the letters "IN." Burglars don't want marked merchandise because it is difficult to fence and evidence of guilt if they are caught.

Consider alarm systems.

For more tips, read 8 Ways to Deter Burglars or visit

Bicycle Safety

Always wear your helmet.

Signal your turns.

Do not ride on the handlebars or the back of a bike.

Use lights at night so others can see you (front: white; rear: red).

Never carry an object that prevents you from keeping both hands on the handlebars.

Ride in the same direction that traffic is going.

Always stop at stop signs.

Follow the same laws that apply to automobiles.

Moped Safety

Note: Indiana law mandates the safety rules below.

Ensure you have a valid identification card, drivers license or a public passenger chauffeurs license.

Never pull or tow anyone on bicycles, skateboards, roller skates or any other items.

Do not operate mopeds on an interstate highway or sidewalk.

Maintain a speed no greater than 25 miles per hour.

May not carry passenger unless designed for more than one occupant.

Wear protective headgear and glasses if you are under the age of 18.

Follow the same laws that apply to automobiles.


Facility Security

Use heavy, solid doors and use your locks and alarm systems properly. Secure skylights, vents, loading docks or other openings.

Place cameras inside the establishment and at all entrances, exits and the roof of your building. Don't put cameras up for show only.

Contract with your security company to install real-time night imaging.

If you have a fence around your property, alarm the gates.

Use digital cameras or Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) as crime deterrents. Clear photos and recordings help police after the fact and CCTV can assist in catching the culprit during the act of stealing from your shop.

Add shadow-less lighting around the perimeter and on the roof of the building. Lighting should cover areas like entrances, windows and alleys. Inside the business, it is important to use lighting to reduce hiding places for thieves.

Inform your night watchmen and the security company about anyone who is expected on the site during off-hours.

Do not keep large amounts of cash on the premises. Make bank deposits at varying times of the day.

Make sure your security system is operable.



When going over your banking records, look for these red flags:

Check the sequence of outgoing checks. If there is a discrepancy, find out why immediately. There may or may not be a perfectly good explanation, but don't take a chance.

Get the information before it passes on to another party such as an accountant or auditor. Once it leaves your office, the books can be altered and you'll never know anything is amiss.

Voided checks. Ask your accountant or bookkeeper the reason for the voids.

Make sure the money deposited matches the money going out.

Do random audits of the books—unannounced.


Mayor's Corner

October 30, 2018
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October 12, 2018
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