Information provided by the Louisville Metro Police Department
LMPD Crime Tip Hotline: 502-574-LMPD (5673)
Tips to help prevent being victimized
For most of us, our office is our home away from home.
We spend a great deal of time there each day.
Unfortunately, some people see our offices as a target of opportunity.
The person may be a co-worker or a stranger who wanders in off of the street.
To help fight this we need to practice good security measures and take care of our valuables and belonging
Things to remember:
- Thieves can look like anyone.
- Often they will dress like they belong there.
- If you do see someone who looks out of place, try to not the person's appearance in case it is needed later.
- If your office has security, report any strange persons to them.
- Also consider notifying police so that they may be on the lookout.
- If you don't fee comfortable approaching someone, ask security or the police to check the situation out.
- Be careful with your valuables.
- Do not leave personal items of value unguarded or in the open.
- Do not let others see what you have to take.
- Keep your purse or wallet in a secure area.
- Most thieves know to look in desk drawers.
- Keep those areas locked.
- Do not keep hidden keys to valuables in your desk drawers.
- Thieves know to to look in such places.
- Never assume someone is authorized to be in your building.
- Keep an eye out for strangers in your workplace.
- If someone looks like they don't belong try to find out what they are doing there.
- It may be a new person, a customer, someone lost or someone up to no good.
- Ask a simple question like "May I help you?", which may deter unwelcome strangers.
- Try to restrict access to private areas of your office.
- We all need customers to be able to access us.
- Should strangers have free access to private offices or other areas?
- If your office has a security policy, honor it.
- While it may be inconvenient at times, it can help you avoid becoming a victim.
- Do not carry valuable items into your office in plain view.
- Do not leave boxes or packaging outside your office.
- You never know who might be watching.
- If possible, lock your office when you are not in it.
- This will keep unwanted persons from getting into your office.
- Never share office keys or office key codes.
- If you are not in control of those items, you are not in control of access to your office.
- Do not leave access doors propped open or unlocked.
- This will grant access to your building to anyone who comes along.
- Do not leave notes advertising that you are away from your office or when you will
- This gives thieves a timeframe to commit their crimes.
- Keep a list of serial numbers on valuable items.
- This will help the police in their attempts to recover your property and capture the wrongdoer.
But if you are a victim:
- Contact the police to file a report and document the theft.
- For reports only, please call our Telephone Reporting Unit at 574-4661.
- Notify office security of the theft.
- Ask if they have video that may be of assistance to the police department.
- Do not touch anything in the area of the theft until after speaking with the police.
- There may be evidence in the area that can aid police in solving the crime.
- If your personal information is stolen, contact the credit reporting companies to
have a fraud alert placed on your account.
- Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
- Experian: 1-888-397-3742
- TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289
For more information about other crime prevention programs, contact your Division Resource Officer.
1st Division: 502-574-7167
2nd Division: 502-574-2478
3rd Division: 502-574-2135
4th Division: 502-574-7010
5th Division: 502-574-7636
6th Division: 502-574-2187
7th Division: 502-574-2133
8th Division: 502-574-2258
Police Dispatch - Urban: 502-574-7111
Police Dispatch - Suburban: 502-2111
In case of an EMERGENCY dial 911