Chief Lombardo: Holiday safety tips

With the holidays upon us I would like to share some safety tips with shoppers and residents. When shopping, be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious activity to police. The Trumbull Police Department has partnered with Westfield Mall management and recently opened a substation at the Trumbull Shopping Plaza. Key to any crime deterrent program is a presence of police officers and police vehicles. The substation will provide another manner in which we can provide our services to the community. It can be utilized as an interview area for witnesses and victims and a temporary location to hold suspects, if needed. The substation is located near Door Four with an interior and exterior entrance.

When you leave your car always make sure it is locked and your valuables are not left behind. Countless times cars are entered in driveways and parking lots that were left unlocked with valuables easily seen from the outside. Simply, “When you leave it lock it”.

Identify theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States. It may occur without you even knowing it and you may not be alerted to the crime until after you have been victimized. Never give personal information to a caller and if something seems too good to be true it probably is. Even if someone were to come to your door soliciting information from you do not provide it and call police to report the interaction.

A burglary occurs in the United States approximately every 13 seconds and is generally the “most common threat to your home”. I remind residents to keep their doors locked at all times especially when you are leaving your home even for a short period of time. If you have an alarm system activate it when you are leaving, even if just for a short period of time. Generally, a burglar will spend just minutes in your home. If you see any suspicious vehicles or people in your neighborhood please call the police department at 203-261-3665, and provide as much description of the person or vehicle so that we may investigate.

As always, if you see something that is out of place, call the police department so we can investigate.

I wish you and your families a happy and healthy holiday season.
Michael Lombardo,
Chief of Police