Crime Prevention Tips

In the spirit of our community partnership and a commitment to serving you, the Marysville Police Department requests that you take a minute to ensure you are minimizing your risk of victimization of the most common property crimes we encounter. Additional information can be found here.

1. Thefts from Vehicles
2. Residential Burglary
3. Auto Theft
4. Counterfeit Money

1. Thefts from Vehicles

Nearly 25% of all thefts in the US are from motor vehicles. In Marysville, commonly stolen items are: cell phones, GPS, CDs, purses, backpacks, change, mp3 players and stereos. In many cases, thieves clearly sought out unlocked doors or property that was easily seen inside. To minimize your chances of being victimized, please do the following:
  • Lock the doors, roll up the windows, and set the alarm.
    • Thieves prefer to not make loud noises that attract attention.
  • Park in a well-lit and populated area.
    • Thieves don't like being on display or amongst a crowd.
  • Don’t leave items visible in your car.
    • Cell phones, GPS, CDs, purses, backpacks, change, mp3 players and stereos are the most commonly stolen items and exactly what they are looking for.
  • Don’t leave indication that valuables are hidden inside.
    • Audio cables, chargers, and GPS mounts are good indicators that items may be inside.
  • Don’t hide items in your trunk after you park your car.
    • Thieves may be watching you place these items inside.

When it comes to the property in your car, there are even more consequences to consider:

Your GPS data tells thieves where you live.
Your garage door opener lets thieves inside.
Your wallet lets thieves know who you are.
Your information helps thieves use your identity.
Your money and property motivates them to do it again.

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2. Residential Burglary

The average cost of a burglary is $2,000 and 75% of all burglaries happen in homes. This is an unnerving occurrence that will leave you feeling violated and vulnerable. Please review some of these tips to reduce your chances of being victimized:
  • Document all of your belongings including make/model/serial number/value. This is not only a good for insurance purposes, this will help officers identify your stolen goods in the future. You can also photograph or take a video walk through of your property.
  • Trim your bushes and trees around your home so burglars cannot hide.
  • Get to know your neighbors and join a neighborhood watch program.
  • Mark your valuables with your driver license number with an engraver or rotary tool. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.
  • Consider installing a burglar alarm system and security cameras. These items have become more affordable and may come with a discount on your insurance.
  • Change your locks when you first move in or if you lose your keys.
  • Make your home appear occupied while you are gone. You can put automatic timers on your lamps.
  • Don't leave your doors and windows open and unattended for any period of time.
  • Check your door/window locks. Make sure they are in good condition and appropriate for each type. Exterior doors should have deadbolts.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked.
  • If you leave for an extended period, arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to attend to these things.
  • Don't leave valuables outside or in view from windows.

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3. Auto Theft

The average dollar loss per stolen vehicle is approximately $6,000. There were about 170,000 vehicles stolen in California last year! This is a common struggle in the Yuba/Sutter area and we encourage you to follow these tips:
  • Always roll up the windows and lock the car, even if it's in front of your home.
  • Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. Put them in the trunk or at least out of sight.
  • Remove portable electronic devices such as cell phones and GPS, including suction cup or bean bag type mounts. (Even the visible appearance of a suction cup ring on the glass windshield can be an enticement to a thief to break in and look for the GPS system.)
  • Park in busy, well-lighted area.
  • Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition. Ever.
  • Carry the registration and insurance card with you. Don't leave personal identification documents or credit cards in your vehicle.
  • Install a mechanical locking device — commonly called clubs, collars, or j-bars — that lock to the steering wheel, column, or brake to prevent the wheel from being turned more than a few degrees. Use it!
  • Investigate security systems if you live in a high-theft area or drive an automobile that's an attractive target for thieves. You may get a discount on your auto insurance.

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4. Counterfeit Money

To avoid any wrong doing and to prevent being left with a counterfeit bill, remember the following:
  • Check each bill you receive for look and feel.
  • Do not return it to the passer. 
  • Delay the passer if possible. 
  • Observe the passer's description, as well as that of any companions, and the license plate numbers of any vehicles used. 
  • Contact Marysville Police or United States Secret Service field office.
  • Write your initials and the date in the white border areas of the suspect note. 
  • Limit the handling of the note. Carefully place it in a protective covering, such as an envelope. 
  • Surrender the note or coin only to a properly identified police officer or a U.S. Secret Service special agent.
Manufacturing counterfeit United States currency or altering genuine currency to increase its value is a violation of Title 18, Section 471 of the United States Code and is punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to 15 years, or both. 

Possession of counterfeit United States obligations with fraudulent intent is a violation of Title 18, Section 472 of the United States Code and is punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to 15 years, or both. 

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