- Do not buy more than you can carry. Ask for assistance, if needed, to help you carry your purchases out to your car.
- Do not leave packages visible in your vehicle. Lock them in your truck, or if possible take them home.
- Have your keys in your hand when approaching your vehicle. Check back seat and around your car before getting in.
- Don’t be distract by your cell phone.
- Deter pickpockets. Carry your purse close to your body or wallet inside a coat or front pant pocket.
- Tell security if you see an unattended package.
- Double check for your credit card or checkbook after your make a purchase.
- If you are shopping with children have a plan in case you are separated.
- Have a center meeting place.
- Ensure children know your cell phone number. Give them cards with contact information.
- Go over Stranger Danger.
- Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as onetime or multiuse disposable credit cards for online stores and auction sites.
- Wait until asked before pulling out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your information.
- Keep personal information and passwords secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your information unless you initiate the contact. Legitimate businesses will not contact you in this manner.
- Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icons of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address/
- Shop with companies you know and trust. Check for background information if you plan to buy from a new or unfamiliar company.
- Beware of “bargains” from companies with whom you are unfamiliar—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Save receipts and print confirmations for online purchases. Check bank and credit card statements for purchases and possible fraudulent purchases.
- Install landscape lighting.
- Place motion detector lights at front and rear entryways.
- Aim motion detector lights away from house so lights activate when someone approaches.
- Place exterior lights so as to prevent bulbs from being easily removed or broken
- Set interior lights on a timer.
- Place a dowel rod horizontally in the interior track of sliding windows and vertically in the interior tract of standard windows.
- Lighting is one of the most cost effective deterrents to burglary.
- Windows should be secured by a secondary locking devices.
- Garage Doors should be closed and secured by a locking device whenever possible.
- Vehicles should be locked and secured when not in use and visible enticements eliminated.
- Park vehicles in well-lighted areas.
- Keep valuables out of sight.
- Secure vehicle with auto alarm if possible.
- Secure pickup tailgates with locking devise.
- Avoid leaving keys inside of vehicle.
- Avoid leaving vehicle running while unattended.
MESSAGE FROM THE CY-FAIR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT:
The Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department is requesting homeowner assistance in addressing the low hanging trees within the Copperfield community. These low hanging branches or limbs are hampering responses to calls for assistance. The branches and limbs are damaging equipment and Homeowner’s trees. Routes to locations have to be altered. Some locations are unable to have an alternate route, leaving no recourse but to park the apparatus and walk to the location.
Several pieces of equipment are 13 feet tall and CFVFD is requesting that homeowners trim the trees to have a 14 feet umbrella over the street. The Department members have been instructed not to damage their apparatus or the Homeowner’s trees by driving down streets that do not have appropriate passage. The fire department does not wish to have a citizen with a fire or medical emergency that delays them receiving attention due to having to locate an alternate route or being forced to walk to the emergency location.