Yeadon Police Department
From the Chief
As your new Chief of Police, I wanted to take a moment to thank the Mayor and Council for their blessing and support in having selected me to fulfill this position.
I do not take lightly the oath I swore upon to protect this great community, and look forward to helping continue to move Yeadon forward and stay safe. Your Police Department is here for you no matter what. We are not just a community, but a family, and family looks out for one another. Never hesitate to contact us, and know we will work tirelessly to keep you safe. Together we can ensure that criminals never believe that Yeadon is a community in which they will succeed in committing crimes.
Stay safe, vigilant, and may God bless you and your families.
Chief Anthony R. Paparo
Each year in USA, there are more than five million home burglaries. This results in a burglary every sixteen (16) seconds in the United States. Nine out of ten of these crimes are preventable. The risk of being burglarized can be greatly reduced by taking simple steps to make your home more difficult to enter and less enticing to would-be burglars.
What is a burglary?
A burglary occurs when a person enters or remains unlawfully in a home/building with the intent to commit a crime. It is a property crime. A burglary is not “robbery”, which is a crime against a person. Burglary is a crime of “opportunity”. The first goal in prevention is to reduce the opportunity.
When do burglaries occur?
Most burglaries occur during the daylight hours, usually between 10am and 3pm because most people are working or running errands. Entry is most often made through a front or back door. Glass is seldom broken, but will be if necessary.
Simple Prevention Tips
- Keep all doors and windows closed and securely fastened. An open window or door is an open invitation for burglars. Thieves are also quick to spot weak locks that may be easily forced open. Doors should have deadbolt locks with a one-inch throw and reinforced strike plate with three-inch screws. All windows should have window locks.
- Home Security Cameras – Although you cannot count on a security camera system to eliminate crime completely, it is an investment that you should consider. By installing security cameras and other security-related equipment on your property, you can make a major difference and take serious steps toward keeping your property and family safe from crime.
- Secure sliding glass doors. Place a metal rod or piece of plywood in the track and install vertical bolts. These will help prevent burglars from forcing the door open or lifting it off the track.
- Always lock the door to an attached garage. Do not rely on your automatic garage door opener for security.
- Update locks if necessary.
- Burglar alarms – Not necessarily a deterrent for the “professional”, but more for peace of mind. Can reduce the amount of time thieves are in your home, and help to notify the police of a problem.
- Keep shrubbery trimmed away from entrances and walkways. While large, ornate hedges may be beautiful, they also provide a hiding place for burglars who need only a minute to break in through a window or door.
- Secure your valuables in a home safe or lock box.
- Photograph your valuables and log their serial numbers.
- Apply a personal identification number such as your driver’s license number on your valuables by engraving or with a permanent marker.
- Lights with motion sensors are a great way to keep the perimeter of your home well lit.
- Create the illusion that you are home by using timers on lights, radios and TV’s. Making your residence appear occupied, even when no one is home, will deter criminals.
Vehicle Safety Checklist:
- Always Lock it, Lock it, Lock it!!!
- Roll up windows.
- Park in a well-lit area.
- Do not leave valuables in the car! Especially cell phones, GPS units, satellite radios, money, purses, and laptops.
THESE SIMPLE CRIME PREVENTION TIPS ALONG WITH PROPER PLANNING REDUCES YOUR CHANCE OF BECOMING THE VICTIM OF A CRIME.
HOME SECURITY SURVEY
The Yeadon police department will assist any resident with a free home security survey. Any resident who is interested in the free home security survey or simply some valuable information concerning crime prevention measures for your home and family should contact Chief Anthony Paparo at the Yeadon Police Department at telephone number 610-623-1500.
You have made all the arrangements to insure a fantastic adventure awaits you. But what about the home you are leaving behind? An empty home can be an appealing target for an opportunistic burglar. Vacation is a time for fun and relaxation. Do not let yours be ruined by crime. Follow these simple crime prevention tips below.
- Make your house appear “lived in.” Use timers for lights and radios.
- Have a neighbor or friend pick up mail, packages and newspaper.
- Continue your gardening service or have a neighbor maintain your lawn in your absence.
- Have good locks on all doors and windows, and use them!
- Make sure your house number is clearly displayed in front of your house. During times of an emergency, first responders can easily identify your address.
Make sure you leave an emergency contact number with a trusted neighbor or our police department in cases of an emergency.
NEVER leave your house key hidden outside under a doormat, flowerpot, or on the ledge of a door.
Call the Yeadon Police Dept. 610-623-1500 and request a vacation check for your home. An officer will check the exterior of your home at various times during your absence.
REMEMBER CRIME PREVENTION
SEE IT! HEAR IT! REPORT IT! Call “911”
Yeadon Borough Police Department
600 Church Lane, Yeadon, PA 19050
Tel. # 610-623-1500
Fax # 610-623-3146
Have a Tip? Contact Us!
If you have a tip about a crime or any criminal activity in Yeadon, let us hear from you. If you have a tip about crime outside of Yeadon, you can tell us about that, too.
There are many ways you can give us a tip. We are always glad to hear from you.
Tip Line: 610-259-1228
Tip E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Main Department Number: 610-623-1500
Fax number: 610-623-3146
It’s completely anonymous, unless you choose to tell us who you are. Please tell us as much as you can. Don’t worry about getting it all right. Just let us know what you can.