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The Strongsville Police Department has several important reminders to help you keep your vehicles and property safe from criminal activity.
1. Lock your cars
The #1 method of entry in theft from auto cases is through an unlocked car door.
2. Remove your valuables from inside your vehicle
Don’t leave purses, laptops, gps units, wallets, etc. in sight. Take them inside or store them in the trunk.
3. Turn on outside lights to illuminate your driveway/property
Lights, including motion sensitive lights, are an excellent deterrent to criminal activity.
4. Report any unusual and/or suspicious activity
Many apprehensions start with a call from a resident reporting suspicious activity. You know what goes on in your community better than anyone else. Who belongs? What’s not right? Should they be there? Call the police department @ 238-7373 or 911 in an emergency to report such incidents and we will respond and check them out. Also, work with your neighbors. Ask someone you trust to keep an eye on your house when you are away for a period of time. Notify us when you are going away for awhile and we can check on your home during normal patrol.
5. Monitor your garage space
Items left visible or near the opening of an unattended garage are easy targets. Put bicycles on a rack or at the back of the garage. Don’t leave cases of beer lying out. Close your garage door when you are not out front.
6. Stay informed
Use today’s media options as a way to stay informed. Follow the crime section in your local paper. Read your neighborhood/association newsletters. Check our website at www.strongsville.org for information updates, tips and zone officer contact information. Each zone of the city has an officer assigned to that area on a regular basis for all three shifts. An anonymous Text Tip line is also available.
Parents should be proactive and take the time to talk about safety with their kids before they head back to school. Parents should walk the route to school with their children before the start of the year to assess dangers and select a course with the least number of traffic crossings.
- Children should always cross the street with an adult until age 10.
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks when possible.
- Look left, right and left again when crossing.
- Always walk; never run, when crossing the streets.
- Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Pedestrians should make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up. Never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
- Children should not be alone at night without adult supervision if they are under the age of 12. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit.
COMPUTER SAFETY FOR PARENTS & CHILDREN:
We have some safety tips for families whose children use the internet. These tips are for both parents and children and are designed to protect our youngsters from on-line predators. Published reports indicate that the average child molester reached 100 victims before being caught. If someone "on-line" tries to lure a child to a face-to-face meeting, the police should be notified.
Tips for Preventing On-line Predators
Don't let children have a computer in their own room, or at least make sure the screen faces the door.
- Search for secret e-mail addresses children may have obtained at: http://www.four11.com or http://www.lycos.com
Never use ages, birthdays, graduation years or other personal information in screen names.
Never give out a phone number or even call anyone collect (your number will appear on their phone bill)
If anyone tries to arrange a face-to-face meeting, call the Police at once.
We would like to remind everyone of our curfew hours. We also remind parents to make certain to provide adequate supervision during “sleepovers” or “backyard campouts.” Our curfew law is not only intended to reduce vandalism and petty theft but to protect our children as well.
Listed below are the curfew regulations.
At 9pm for minors 12 years and under
At 10pm for minors 13 to 15 years of age
At 11pm for minors 16 to 17 years of age
At 10pm for minors 12 years and under
At 11pm for minors 13 to 15 years of age
At 12 midnight for minors 16 to 17 years of age
Phone Numbers to Know.
For emergencies: 911
For other police services: 440-238-7373
Distracted Driving: The Myth about Hands-Free
The following information about distracted driving was provided by Safe Kids Greater Cleveland