Unfortunately, no part of Lexington County is immune to crime. But when it comes to keeping your family and your neighborhood safe, there are steps you can take to help us fulfill our mission to improve the quality of life for all people in Lexington County.
• Know where your children are. Have your children tell you or ask permission before leaving the house and give them a time to check in or be home.
• Teach your children important phone numbers. Have your children practice reciting their home phone number and address, and your work and cell phone numbers. If they have trouble memorizing these, write them down on a card and have them carry it at all times.
• Set limits on where your children can go in your neighborhood. Do you want them crossing busy roads? Playing on side streets or abandoned houses?
• Get to know your children’s friends. Meet their parents before letting your children to go to their home and keep a list of their phone numbers. If you can’t meet their parents, call and talk to them. Ask what your children might do at their house and if they will be supervised.
• Choose a safe house in your neighborhood. Pick a neighbor’s house where your children can go if they need help. Point out other places they can go for help, like stores, libraries and facilities where first responders work.
• Work together with your neighbors. Watch out for suspicious and unusual behavior in your neighborhood. Get to know your neighbors and their children so you can look out for one another.