Unified Police Detective Paula Stinson reports on Granite crime statistics (stats) at the monthly meetings. These stats may be seen in map form at
Scroll over, but don’t click the ‘Resources’ button, then scroll down that menu to, and click on “Crime Reports Maps”. Select the year & month you’d like to see, then scroll down to and click on either “Granite West” [this includes most of Granite] or “Granite East” which includes Wasatch Resort and areas east/in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Also of interest are the “Call Case” maps, and the maps for Alta & White City.
Then click on “Case Report” for the summary map. Zoom for details.
From the Granite Community Council Chair:
I took a 3-day Crime Prevention class from the National Council on Crime Prevention, to help residents learn what they can do to prevent crimes. The following is the first article I’ve completed; this and others (scams & frauds, crimes against seniors, forming/maintaining a Neighborhood Watch) will be posted on the Council’s website. Please note that there’s been a rash of thefts from cars, mailboxes, and some burglaries in our Granite/Sandy area.
Crime Prevention: Protecting against Home Burglaries:
Burglaries usually happen during the day when you’re at work. It’s easier for a burglar to fit in by arriving in a truck and looking like a contractor. The most common way to enter a home is through an open door or window (called unforced entry). More than 40% of break-ins happen without the use of force which means many of us are leaving houses without locking doors and windows. Open garage door theft is a big problem. In 20 seconds someone can steal a bike, car, or other gear from a garage—or worse yet—you may find him in your bedroom! The most commonly stolen items are valuables that can be carried out and sold easily or melted. But if thieves can take a truck into your garage, they can clean out your house. When you leave your home, lock the door leading from the garage to inside. Not only do we need to keep the garage doors closed, we also need to avoid leaving our car keys in the car! Leaving the garage door ajar is risky; if it has windows, someone can break in within 6 seconds.
Don’t store a ladder on the side or back of your house, allowing easy access into the bedrooms, where most of your valuables are stored. Tool sheds should also be locked. Suspects when running will often hide in a shed. Lock your side & back gates, especially when you go on vacation.
It’s commonly believed that if a determined burglar wants to get inside your house, he or she eventually will. But you can make it an uncomfortable and dangerous experience. Try thinking like a criminal: walk around your house, inside and out, and “case the joint.” Look for signs of weakness, where a burglar could easily gain entry. Entry doors leading to the outside should be solid core. Solid core doors are made of solid or laminated wood, particle board, steel, fiberglass or a combination of these. They are made for exterior use and are much harder to kick open. Hollow core doors are intended for interior use only; they are easy to force or kick open. Older houses often have them as exterior doors.
Keyed entry requires a key to lock or unlock from the exterior. A single cylinder dead bolt requires a key to be used from the outside and a thumb turn to be used from the inside to operate the bolt. If your window is close to the entry door, you may want to install a double cylinder dead bolt. Otherwise, a burglar can easily break the glass if it’s within 40 inches of the door knob and reach in to unlock the dead bolt if it has a turn knob rather than a keyhole. A double cylinder dead bolt requires a key from either the inside or outside to operate the bolt. With the double cylinder lock it’s important to remember safety before security. An idea is to keep the key somewhere close but not close enough to be reached if the window is broken. Another option is a ‘capture key’ which allows you to remove the thumb turn when you leave home. In some areas double cylinder dead bolts are a violation of the fire code, since they can trap a person inside his or her burning home. If double cylinders are unlawful in your town, consider replacing your glass-paned door with a solid one. Also, if your kids tend to lose house keys, consider getting a number code door lock.
Sliding glass doors are like a giant window. They usually have a latch and not a lock, and often are able to be lifted from the track and removed. A dowel or stick can be put in the track, but the door can still be lifted off the track. You can install screws in the track above the door to keep it from being lifted, or drill a hole through the door into the frame to install a pin.
Security window film can be applied to windows to prevent entry–even from a crowbar! This can also shield the sun. Applied to the inside of the window, a burglar can’t enter, but someone inside can get out in case of a fire. The cost runs about $10-12/sq ft. They have different thicknesses and ratings, depending on what your intended use is (e.g., living next to a fireworks factory).
Your landscaping can help or hinder a burglar: Landscaping sends a strong signal to criminals and visibility is the key. Trim trees and bushes so your house is clearly visible from neighbors and the street. Consider planting thorny plants (hostile vegetation) under windows and around fences, such as cactus, roses, bougainvillea, and pyracantha.
Security lighting: Pick exterior light fixtures that light up your walk, front door, etc. Porch and carport lights left on all day signal you are away. Use photo cells or dusk-to-dawn sensors. Motion-sensor lights are effective and should illuminate dark areas of your yard. New technology is getting more cost-effective. Interior lighting should make your house look like someone is home. Use timers or photo sensors. Use window covers so burglars don’t have an open view into your home.
House numbers need to be lit and highly visible, in a contrasting color, at least 4 inches tall, and in a location that’s easily seen.
Fuse boxes should be locked since alarms can be defeated by turning off power when you’re on vacation. If your security company doesn’t know when your power has been turned off, consider changing security companies.
You can mentally fake burglars out by putting a home security system sign in your yard. This won’t guarantee they won’t test out if it’s valid, but it could deter them. According to the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (see at http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/) , most residential thieves stay away from houses with such signs
Dogs as deterrents: Although dogs may not be as eager to protect our homes when we’re not in it as they will protect us, a dog is better than no dog! Most criminals don’t want to deal with a dog at all, even a small one. Amy Bryant, Sandy City Police Department, advises that a dog is a deterrent because the bigger they are, the scarier they are, and the smaller they are, the more noise they tend to make. Any dog adds another layer of protection. Just as having an alarm system sign can help deter burglars, she advises people to have a Beware of Dog sign. Even if your dog is small or you don’t have one, the sign alone will still be a deterrent.
Operation identification is a burglary/theft prevention program that involves marking and/or engraving property with traceable ownership identification. See http://www.wvc-ut.gov/index.aspx?NID=1159. It has multiple purposes: numbering serves as a deterrent to thieves and the property can be identified and recovered. If you do nothing else, inventory your property. Take videos/photos of your valuables, write down serial numbers, and do an annual update. Use a safety deposit box for the video of your valuables. You can also put an Operation Identification sign on your front window. Burglars will tend to avoid stealing items they can’t fence.
If you don’t have a safe in your home, be creative about where you put valuables and spread the valuables throughout your home. Put things in a coffee can above your refrigerator. Document where you put things (or you may never find them again!). The freezer is a good place for things and burglars don’t usually check out your children’s bedrooms.
HOME SECURITY SURVEY
The following categories are guidelines to use to ensure a safe home environment.
____ ____ Are street numbers visible from the road? [not just on the curb, which is invisible when it snows]
____ ____ Bushes, trees, & shrubs trimmed away from windows & doors?
____ ____ Is there sufficient lighting around entire home?
____ ____ Can bulbs be freely removed by reaching up and twisting them out?
____ ____ Are there outbuildings/shed? Are they locked?
____ ____ Is garage door locked and hinges secure?
____ ____ Are all doors and windows locked when no one is home, even if only for a few minutes?
____ ____ Are all doors and windows locked at night while sleeping?
____ ____ Are all spare keys left with a trusted family member or neighbor, NOT under doormat, planter, ledge, or in mailbox?
____ ____ Are exterior doors solid?
____ ____ Are locks single cylinder or double cylinder?
____ ____ If double, do all home occupants know where the key is in case of an emergency?
____ ____ Do the dead bolts have a 1” throw with 3” screws securing the latch plate?
____ ____ Do doors have proper hinges with pins on the inside?
____ ____ Are there peepholes present? Do they provide at least a 180° view?
____ ____ Is there a sliding glass door with additional security lock in place?
____ ____ Do windows lock and are there additional security locks for them?
____ ____ Is there a security system currently in place? Audible or silent?
____ ____ Are there stickers present for security system?
____ ____ Are curtains/blinds partially open?
____ ____ Are lights/electronics on automatic timers and staggered when home is vacant for extended periods?
____ ____ Are all keys accounted for?
____ ____ Do you change locks after contractors have been at your home?
____ ____ Are valuables kept away from windows? Consider using Operation Identification.
____ ____ Do you have an inventory of all valuables, with serial numbers, kept somewhere besides your house?
____ ____ Do you have at least one smoke alarm for each bedroom, living room and back room on EVERY floor?
____ ____ Are batteries replaced for smoke alarm twice a year?
____ ____ Does everyone in the home know where the fire extinguishers are and how to operate them?
____ ____ Are the fire extinguishers expired?
____ ____ Does everyone in the home know where the first aid kit is?
____ ____ Is there at least one telephone in each room of the home in case of an emergency?
____ ____ Are emergency numbers (9-1-1, routine line, gas company, electric company) posted near every phone?
____ ____ Do you have Caller ID in case of harassing phone calls?
____ ____ Is there an established evacuation plan in case of fire or other emergency?
____ ____ Do you have a sufficient number of flashlights and batteries in case of a power outage?
____ ____ Are firearms present in the home and are they locked and secured?
*When securing doors & windows, be sure to allow for fire escape routes & be sure all family members know how to unlock and operate doors & windows.
 Adapted from the Manchester CT Police Department Home Security Survey
On November 1, 2013, Sandy City officially changed over to the SLC 9-1-1 Dispatch service. At the time, they expected that a computer-aided dispatch (CAD)-to-CAD interface would be operational, so that calls coming in from areas on the fringe of Sandy, including from Granite residents on cell phones, wouldn’t require potentially lengthy delays in getting emergencies responded to (even a few minutes can make a major difference with a heart attack or house on fire!). Unfortunately, that interface is still not operational, so residents are advised that if you have a situation that requires a quick response, and you have a choice between using a cell phone or a land line (regular home phone), use the land line. Salt Lake County is coordinating with the various cities in the valley who all use its current Valley Emergency Communications Center (VECC) 9-1-1 Dispatch service to change us all over to the same system. That process will take a while to complete and we hope that the promised CAD-to-CAD interface will be in place long before then. Watch the Council website for further updates on this. This is supposed to be completed in 2018. Watch for updates.
Doing Your Part
Report these incidents to the Police Department at (801) 743-7000 and talk about the problem with your neighbors.
- Screaming or shouts for help.
- Someone looking into windows and parked cars.
- Unusual noises.
- Property being taken out of closed businesses or houses where no one is at home.
- Cars, vans, or trucks moving slowly with no apparent destination, or without lights.
- Anyone being forced into a vehicle.
- A stranger sitting in a car or stopping to talk to a child.
- Abandoned cars.
- Call the appropriate number, either 9-1-1 for emergencies or (801) 743-7000 for non-emergencies. Give your name and the address of the problem.
- Briefly describe the event – what happened, when, where and who was involved.
- Describe the suspect’s gender, race, age, height, weight, hair color, clothing, and distinctive characteristics such as a beard, mustache, scars or accent.
- Describe the vehicle if one was involved; color, make, model, year, license plate, and special features such as stickers, dents or decals.
Neighborhood Watch website: http://NWandCERT.yolasite.com
1. Learn your neighbor’s names, including all occupants of their residences. Be able to recognize them and their vehicles without any hesitation.
2. Attend all Neighborhood Watch meetings.
3. Properly identify all personal property using the included personal property record or a computer inventory program, engraving a number identifiable to you onto your property (e.g., backwards phone no.), and/or by creating a videotape record of your valuables. (Amy advises that property is harder to fence when it has an id # etched onto it.)
4. Keep doors and windows locked as well as garage doors down at all times, even when you are home (or, especially, when working in your back yard).
5. Become a good witness by getting an accurate description of a suspect or a vehicle. Practice writing down descriptions from memory so when the time comes to actually report an incident, you will be prepared. (Make a habit of carrying your cell phone, notepad and pen with you when you walk or jog. Note details in your neighbor’s yards, so you know when something is out of place. Also, practice memorizing license plates using the phonetic alphabet.)
6. Keep an eye on your neighbor’s homes and report any suspicious activities to the police. Write down your description so that nothing is forgotten. Do not delay your reporting or think that someone else will. A few minutes delay may reduce the chance that the criminal will ever be caught.
7. Teach children respect for the law. Involve them in crime prevention activities and make them feel a part of your Neighborhood Watch group. Teach them to be safe at home and away.
8. Remember that it is your responsibility to report crime and to be a good witness. Never take the law into your own hands or risk injury to yourself or others by trying to stop a crime in progress by yourself (Det. Green’s advice: “Property is never worth more than life.”)
9. When you plan to leave for any length of time, arrange to have your mail and newspapers picked up or put on temporary hold. Leave timers on your lights and TV or radio. Make your home appear lived in whenever you are away. Call dispatch (840-4000 for Sandy, 743-7000 for UPD) or go to the police website (www.sandy.utah.gov) and request extra police patrols by your house while you are away.
10. Get involved! Look out for each other. Neighborhood Watch is your program and will only be as good as you and your neighbors make it. By being a good witness and an active participant in Neighborhood Watch, you will truly make a difference in your community.
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Protect your Family & Home with Visible House Numbers
Tod and Mary Young had a meeting in 2012 with Sandy City Fire Chief Don Rosenkrantz [now retired] and Dep. Chief Bruce Cline [now Chief!]. They discussed an incident that occurred in Granite, where an emergency vehicle had a delay in getting to a home with an emergency. That discussion segued into what we can do as residents to help improve emergency vehicle responses to our homes and one of the ideas offered was to consider having more visible house numbers (or even house numbers at all, for some people).
Chief Cline just sent an update on this issue, as a reminder to residents:
“Time is of the essence when responding to an emergency. Incorrect or missing address numbers on your home or business could possibly prevent police, fire and medical crews from responding quickly.
This is a friendly reminder to check the address on your home and business and ensure that they are clearly marked. According to International Fire Code, addresses on your home or business should be at least four inches high and be placed above the garage or next to the main door. The code also states that addresses on mailboxes and painted on curbs are helpful, but can be covered with vehicles that are parked.”
The Granite Community Council discussed the need for visible house numbers at its June 2014 meeting and again on July 2, with Bill Clayton leading a discussion about purchasing house number signs from the County (for $10). If you didn’t get them and want them, contact Mary.
Tod and Mary like their recycled wine bottle house numbers with large reflective bright white numbers. But some of you may want to look at just getting bigger and more visible numbers. Below are some websites that sell good numbers/signs and several websites with articles by cities across the country and fire departments that encourage (or even enforce!) visible house numbers in their community (this might be a good scout activity, to get the word out to residents about this).
Websites about cities and fire departments encouraging or enforcing residents to have
visible house numbers:
If you’d like large, visible, and distinctive house numbers like the Youngs’, contact local
recycled glass artist Jodi McRaney-Rusho at jodi@GlassWithAPast.com or see
her website at www.McRushoGlass.com. At Jenifer Johnson’s suggestion, Jodi has indicated a willingness to make recycled glass bottle house numbers that are also flower vases. How cool is that? This also keeps some bottles out of the landfill.
At the April 2012 Community Council meeting, Chief Rosenkrantz presented a list of things that residents can do to help emergency responders arrive promptly at their residences. (see the full minutes for other issues associated with emergency response times).
- Ensure the home has visible house numbers/mailbox–reflective if possible, not just on the curb because of the following: snow, garbage cans, parked vehicles, other obstructions.
- Turn on porch light at night; give any information to dispatch to help find you, such as gate codes, dead end lanes, living in basement or apartment out back.
- Meet them on the curb if safe to do so and weather permits.
- Lock up your pets, including dogs, cats and exotic birds.
- If you live in a wild land interface area, clear the trees and brush from around your house to give firefighters a defensible space in which to try to stop the fire; 30? is a good starting point but some other factors may need to be looked at such as the height of vegetation and the slope up or down from a structure.
- Always have working smoke and CO detectors.
- Always call 911 in an emergency (not what you think is the closest station). Dispatch knows when their units are out on calls and will ensure they get the closest available unit to help you.