Crime Prevention Tip of the Month

In our ongoing effort to serve the citizens of the Dan River Region, beginning in January 2018, the Danville Police Department will provide a Crime Prevention Tip of the Month. On or about the second Wednesday of each month, a new tip will be added to the page to complete a total of 12 for the year. It is our hope and intention to provide readers with information on trending safety and crime issues and tips to avoid becoming a victim.

Please use these tips and other resources provided on our website to become better informed and better prepared.

For more on Crime Prevention Programs or resources contact the Crime Prevention Office at 

434-797-8898Crime Prevention Patch


 Is your home secure and vacation ready

Did you know........

  • As temperatures increase over the summer and residents spend more time outdoors and on vacation, opportunities for criminal activity in neighborhoods increases. Take a minute to read these crime prevention tips to help you enjoy a safer and hopefully crime-free summer! (Shared from the Nextdoor Team Public Agency Memo)

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There is a lot that can be done to protect against burglary!

-Install lighting, such as motion lights or dusk to dawn detector lights, on your home's exterior

-Trim shrubbery around your home to eliminate hiding places

-Do not leave bikes unattended. Lock your bikes, even if you are going to be away for only a few moments

-Be aware of your surroundings and those around you when you walk, jog, or bike

-Install a locking mailbox or ask a neighbor to pick up your mail when on vacation

-Get to know your neighbors! Let a trusted neighbor know if you are planning to travel this summer. Neighbors who know each other look out for each other.


Can YOU SEE your house numbers on your mailbox and/or house?

When you have lived at the same address for a number of years, you rarely pay any attention to your house numbers (address).

For Police Officers, EMS, and Fire that may be responding to your house in the event of an emergency, your house numbers are what they are looking for.

Make it a point, to LOOK at your numbers to see if:

-All of the numbers are still there
-They are Large enough to be seen easily from the street
-Any landscape vegetation has grown over them limiting there visibility

If you can see them, So can we...Thank YOU!

(Shared from the Nextdoor Team Public Agency Memo)

To Learn More about Neighborhood Watch, home security and travel safety, check out the links of interest below:

Links of Interest

Neighborhood Watch

Danville PD's Nextdoor access

Operation ID

A/C Unit Theft / Keep Your Cool!

Home Security Tips

Travel Safety Tips

Firearm Safety / Responsible Ownership

Preventing Larceny from a Vehicle