General Crime Prevention

"The anticipation, recognition and appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of some action to remove or reduce it."

It is the philosophy of the Wilson Police Department that preventing crime is preferable to dealing with crime after it has occurred.   Crime Prevention concentrates on the dual concept of eliminating or minimizing criminal opportunities, whenever possible, and encouraging citizens to be responsible for their own security and the security of others.

If you are concerned about the security of your home or business, call and setup an appointment for a security survey with one of our officers.  Our officers will come to your home or business and walk through the inside and observe the outside and give suggestions (if needed) on how to further secure your property against burglary and intrusion.

Contact Sergeant Steve Stroud, Public Information Officer, at the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2350 if you have questions or to set up a security survey for your home or business. 

Crime Prevention Tips:

  • Make Your Home Look Occupied: Leave some lights and a radio on when you’re out.
  • Lock Your Doors: Never leave your house open for “just a moment,” always lock your doors when you’re out.
  • Use Deadbolt Locks: A deadbolt lock is a good deterrent to burglars.
  • Don’t Hide A Key Outside: Burglars know all the secret hiding places.
  • Drill And Pin Your Windows: Window locks can be jimmied; pins cannot.
  • Brace Sliding Glass Doors: If the door is braced, the only way a burglar can get through it is to break it.
  • Install Good Exterior Lighting: Motion sensor lights and other good lights don’t let a burglar hide in the dark.
  • Keep Bushes And Shrubs Trimmed: If bushes are too high, someone hiding near your windows and doors cannot be seen.
  • Stop Mail And Paper Deliveries: If you go on vacation, stop deliveries or have one of your neighbors collect your mail and papers.
  • Get A Dog: Even a small dog may be a deterrent to a burglar.
  • Install An Alarm System: Houses with alarms are avoided by burglars.

Crime Prevention Links

National Crime Prevention Council
National Citizens’ Crime Prevention Campaign
McGruff Home Page