- Lock all outside doors before you leave
or go to bed.
- Lock all windows.
- Leave lights on when you go out.
- Keep your garage door closed and locked.
- Don't allow daily deliveries to accumulate.
- Arrange to have your lawn cut in summer
and driveway shoveled in winter when you are away.
- Never leave keys in obvious "hiding
places" outside (in planters, under the mat, in mailboxes).
- Keep a detailed list of valuables (many
use a video camera to inventory their homes) and store the list
or tape outside the home.
- Be a good neighbor - If you notice anything
suspicious in the neighborhood call the Colonie Police at once.
The Colonie Police Department has a "Housecheck"
program. When you go on vacation or otherwise leave your house
unoccupied for a period of time you call the police station at 518-783-2744 to have your house
put on the list, or you can use our on line form and fill out the information yourself.The department will need the exact dates you
will be away and the name of a person with a key we can call
in case of problems. Sorry this is for Colonie residents only.
Tips for Protecting Your Children:
- Know where your children are at all
- Know your children's friends and where
- Avoid dressing children in clothing
which displays their name.
- Make it a habit to know what you child
is wearing every day.
- Be alert for teenagers or adults who
pay an unusual amount of attention to your child or give inappropriate
or expensive gifts.
- Be sensitive to changes in your children's
behavior. These changes are a signal that you should sit down
and talk to them about what is causing the changes.
- Teach your children to trust their senses
and that they have the right to say no to what they sense is
- When separated in a public place a child
should go directly to an employee or clerk at a desk and ask
for help. Young children shouldn't wander around looking for
- Teach your child the definition of stranger:
anyone he or she doesn't know. Children often think of "strangers"
as slovenly or sneaky-looking, causing them to accept clean-cut,
but potentially dangerous strangers.
- Adults rarely ask children for directions
or help; and a child should never approach or get in the car
of a stranger.
For more information on programs to make
you, your children, your home, or your business safer, contact
the Colonie Police Community Services
Unit at 518-782-2662.
Personal Protection for Women
Remember these tips when in public places like shopping malls and stores:
- Walk in pairs. When possible don't walk
When walking to your car:
- Have your keys in your hand.
- Have a small flashlight on your key
- Look in your car prior to entering it.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Check
for persons following you.
- Never leave a store or mall with an
unknown person. A tactic used by abductors is to get women out
of the mall by telling her about an car accident involving her
vehicle in the parking lot.
When in doubt, call the
police or contact mall security officers!
Teller Machine (ATM) Safety
To prevent robbery while using an ATM,
consider the following tips:
- Have your card out prior to leaving
- Look around the area before exiting
your vehicle. If suspicious persons or vehicles are spotted,
use another machine.
- Choose ATMs that are well lit and visible
to the street. Consider using ATMs which are located inside supermarkets
or other visible areas.
- Put your money away quickly.
- Look around again as you leave the ATM
and approach your vehicle.
- Never write your PIN number on your
card, on the sleeve the card is contained in, or anywhere in
What to do if You
are the Victim of a Crime
Assault and Harassment
Any time a person is involved in a confrontation,
emotions run high. Seek a safe place and contact the Police Department
immediately. Safety and medical attention for any injuries sustained
are the first priority. If you would like to contact the Police
Department about pressing charges for the injuries you have sustained,
remember the following points:
- Contact the police station to speak
to an officer (if officers were not present when the incident
- Keep any forms given to you when you
were treated at an emergency department or doctor's office. These
will be important documentation of your injuries.
- Once a report has been filed you may
contact the Investigation Division for follow-up by calling 783-2754
from 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM (Mon. - Fri.).
- See the instructions below for obtaining
an order of protection if it is necessary.
Aggravated Harassment is the penal law
term for crimes which use electronic means to annoy, alarm, or
harass another. The most common form of Aggravated Harassment
is the annoying phone call. Most annoying or threatening phone
calls do not result in violence. Many are random pranks. If you
are concerned about these phone calls there are several steps
you can take to increase the chance of apprehending the person
making the calls. These include:
- Keep a log of the date, time, and brief
content of the calls.
- Use the *57 feature if it is available
(there is a cost to use this feature). Using *69 will call that
person back but will not provide any evidence of where the call
originated from. It also could cause a confrontation with the
- Contact the NYNEX annoyance bureau (890-6200)
to report the problem and receive additional advice.
- Save any answering machine/voicemail messages with the suspect's calls
You may contact the Police Department
any time you are concerned or feel unsafe. Following the instructions
above will help achieve a quick resolution to your case.
Crimes Involving Theft (larceny, burglary)
- If your home or office has been broken
into avoid touching anything and contact the Police immediately.
This may preserve crucial evidence.
- If you are not sure whether it is safe
to enter after a theft (the perpetrator may still be present)
go to a safe place and contact the Police Department immediately.
- Compile a detailed list of all items
stolen. Include serial numbers where available.
- Notify banks and credit card companies
if checks, credit cards or ATM cards were stolen.
Record the serial numbers of other valuable possessions for future
reference. Use a video camera to inventory personal items. Store
the tape away from the home (in a safe deposit box). The tape
will also be valuable for insurance purposes in the event of
The Community Services Unit
is responsible for presenting Crime Prevention information to
citizens and business persons in Colonie. For program titles
see the Community Services Unit