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Hello!  I am West Liberty Police Sergeant Tim Smedley and I would like to take this opportunity to give some helpful safety tips.

1.  Keep curtains/shades draw or closed at night and/or when you are away from home to limit would- be thieves from knowing when you are home, where you are at inside and what valuables you have.

2.  Install motion lighting in and around your home and, if affordable, an alarm system.  In the event we cannot be patrolling your neighborhood at that moment, we'll be notified quickly of any intruders to your home.

3.  If you have trees, shrubs, plants, etc. around your home, keep these trimmed and/or positioned so intruders or thieves will have a difficult time hiding near your home, making it easier for you to see when you look out or come home as well as for us when patrolling by.

4.  As much as possible, try to limit your predictability.  If possible, vary the times you leave and return to and from your home.  If possible, vary your route in and away from your home as well.

5.  If you are away from home for more than the day or overnight (weekend getaway, vacation, family illness requiring extended stay, etc.) if possible have your neighbor, friend or family member pick up your mail and check on your home.  In addition, notify us on our watch list (click here for more information).  (Homes/buildings on this list are checked by each officer at least once per shift, more often if possible, depending on other ongoing duties or circumstances).

If you and your family are able to follow these recommendations you greatly reduce your risk of criminal activity occurring in or around your home.

If you have an questions feel free to contact me by calling 606-743-4385.  If I am unavailable leave your name and number and I'll return your call.  You can also reach me by email me at timsmedley@westlibertypd.com



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