The Importance of Safeguarding your Property
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • 9:53am
The Livingston Police Department wants people to feel as secure as possible in their homes and businesses. As part of ongoing crime prevention efforts within the township, the Police Department would like to help residents and businesses protect their property. There are programs the department offers that are specifically designed to that end.
First, the Police Department has a property engraving program. This program is a burglary prevention/ property identification program for use in homes and businesses. It requires a small amount of time and effort and involves marking and then inventorying property. Marking denies the would-be thief a market for stolen items. Valuables marked conspicuously with an identifying number will not be readily resalable. This program works even when property is recovered as it lets it be identified by police and returned to the owner. This program is also important for college students who may be bringing valuables to campus such as laptops, ipads, etc.
All items that might be attractive to a thief, such as computers, gaming systems, televisions, camera equipment, stereos, small appliances, and tools, should be marked. Small or very valuable items such as jewelry or antiques can be either engraved by a jeweler or photographed for identification purposes.
Residents may borrow an engraver from the police department so that they may mark their valuables. They will also receive window decals to place in their home which alerts possible thieves that valuable items have been marked for identification purposes.
For more information or to request to borrow an engraver, please contact the Community Policing Unit at (973) 992-3000 extension #3600 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second, as a service to the residents and business owners of Livingston, members of the Community Policing Unit will provide an on-site visit to your home or business and can conduct a crime prevention survey at your request. This service is provided at no charge. The officers will discuss topics such as exterior doors, lighting, and landscaping, and then will advise you of steps you can take to decrease the likelihood that your home or business is targeted.
If you would like to set up an appointment for an officer to visit you at your home, please call the Community Policing Unit at (973) 992-3000 extension #3600 or e-mail email@example.com
Third, the Police Department has begun a bicycle registration program. Any resident may register a bicycle with the department. A sticker will be placed on the bicycle with an identifying number. Please contact the Community Policing Unit at (973) 992-3000 extension #3600 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment to register your bicycle. The registration form may be filled out prior to your appointment. Forms may be found at http://livingstontownship.org/police/forms-page/.
In this area, the police department will post information about upcoming events and new programs, as well as articles regarding the safety and well-being of our residents.
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