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Did you know that in the past year around 288 vehicles have been broken into in the City of Salisbury? In an effort to reduce theft from cars, the Salisbury Police Department (SPD) is launching a campaign to remind residents to “Lock it, Take it, or Lose it.”

If you’re running into the store for a can of Cheerwine, that’s too long to leave your vehicle unlocked and unoccupied. SPD reported that 60 percent of break-ins resulted in the vehicle being unlocked or leaving valuables where they can be easily seen. By simply locking your car doors, taking valuables with you, or storing them away in your trunk can help reduce the risk of thieves stealing from your car.


You might be wondering what items thieves typically look for? The answer is EVERYTHING, but here are some tips on how to keep your valuables safe:
  • Never leave electronics, such as cell phones, laptops, GPS devices or iPad’s in plain sight.
  • Be sure to hide all loose change.
  • Always park in well-lit areas and avoid concealment from larger vehicles.
  • Remove purses or book bags.
  • Completely close windows and sunroofs.
  • Do not leave an extra key in your car - someone could steal the key and come back for your car later.

It is encouraged to put shopping bags in the trunk when you return to the vehicle, rather than after you park at the next location. Together, we can greatly reduce the chances of your vehicle becoming a target.

Contact Us

Address:
130 E. Liberty St.
Salisbury, NC 28144

Emergencies: 911

Non-Emergencies: (704) 638-5333

File a Commendation

The Salisbury Police Department has a division directly responsible for tracking Officer conduct, both good and bad. The Professional Compliance Division (Internal Affairs) is comprised of two persons, Captain Brian Stallings, Administrative Commander, and Cpl. Russell DeSantis, Professional Compliance Manager. This division is responsible for taking commendation and complaint reports, investigating allegations of misconduct, managing employee policy compliance and records keeping.

To file a commendation:

  • Call (704) 638-5333
    1. Request a supervisor or someone from Professional Compliance (Internal Affairs)
    2. Provide your commendation
  • Visit the City's online Service Nomination Form
    1. Fill out the nomination form and submit.

Once a commendation is received a Blue Team (Police Department Internal Conduct Tracking Software) entry is completed and the report is forwarded to the employee’s supervisor.

Anyone can contact Professional Compliance (Internal Affairs) directly. Professional compliance has a direct phone number, (704) 638-5344, and email address, internalaffairs@salisburync.gov.

File a Complaint

The Salisbury Police Department has a division directly responsible for tracking Officer conduct, both good and bad. The Professional Compliance Division (Internal Affairs) is comprised of two persons, Captain Brian Stallings, Administrative Commander, and Cpl. Russell DeSantis, Professional Compliance Manager. This division is responsible for taking commendation and complaint reports, investigating allegations of misconduct, managing employee policy compliance and records keeping.

To file a complaint:

  • Call (704) 638-5333
    1. Request a supervisor or someone from Professional Compliance (Internal Affairs)
    2. Provide your complaint

To file a professional standards complaint:

Once a commendation is received a Blue Team (Police Department Internal Conduct Tracking Software) entry is completed and the report is forwarded to professional compliance for review and investigation assignment.

Anyone can contact Professional Compliance (Internal Affairs) directly. Professional compliance has a direct phone number, (704) 638-5344, and email address, internalaffairs@salisburync.gov.


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What If My Vehicle Is Broken Into?

If your believe your vehicle has been broken into or a theft from your vehicle has occurred, follow these steps:

  1. Call the police at (704) 638-5333 so an officer can respond to the location and take the report.
  2. Do not touch anything, so officers can process the car, taking fingerprints and photos.
  3. Take your own photos.
  4. Make a list of everything that was stolen.
  5. Call your insurance company.
  6. Get your car repaired.
  7. Locate proof of ownership of your goods.
  8. Start replacing your stolen items.

Shopping Safety Tips

Tips for Holiday Safe Shopping

SPD Officer Rebecca Sexton shares tips on how to stay safe during Black Friday:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t just focus on shopping always look at people and cars around you.
  • There’s always safety in numbers. Take someone with you.
  • Before leaving home: Make sure all doors and windows are secured, and leave a light or two on to make it appear that someone is there.
  • Attempt to shop during the day or park in a well-lit area while shopping at night. Make sure your vehicle is free from any clutter (what might be junk to you, could be a treasure to someone else. (Loose change in a tray, blotted bags with trash, etc.).
  • Ladies: Keep purse close to your body or carry your driver’s license, cash and/or “one” credit card in your front pocket.
  • Men: Don’t have wallet visible in your back pocket, just carry driver’s license, cash and/or “one” credit card in front pocket.
  • Try to make one trip to your vehicle to store your shopping bags. A thief could be waiting in parking to see if you return into the store, and break into car while you’re gone.
  • Returning Home: Be aware of your surrounding (suspicious people walking in the neighborhood).

Home Security Checklist

An important step in preventing home burglary and other crimes is to make sure that a residence is as secure as possible. A careful inspection by someone trained to observe security precautions can indicate features which would make entry easy – or difficult – for a prospective burglar.

The Salisbury Police Department appreciates the opportunity to be of assistance to you in our community’s fight against crime. We urge you not only to take steps to make your own residence safer, but also to become active in your Neighborhood Watch program for the benefit of your entire community. This guide will assist you in your efforts to keep your home safe.

The Salisbury Police Department is not liable for any burglary to your home. These are simple suggestions that may be helpful to you in preventing crime to your residence. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to secure their home and belongings.

Print Version of Checklist

Front Entrance

  • □ Are all exterior doors of metal or solid wood construction?
  • □ Are all door frames strong enough and tight enough to prevent forcing or spreading?
  • □ Are door hinges protected from removal from outside?
  • □ Are exterior doors free of windows or other openings (mail slot, pet door) within 40 inches of the lock?
  • □ Is door secured by a deadbolt lock with a minimum 1-inch throw?
  • □ Are strikes and strike plates adequate and properly installed with 3-inch screw?
  • □ If there are no windows in door, is there a wide-angle viewer or voice intercom device?
  • □ Are all screen or storm doors secured with adequate locks?
  • □ Are all entries well-lighted?
  • □ Can front entrance be observed from street or public areas?
  • □ Are porch and landscaping free of concealment from street or public view?
  • □ Is shrubbery trimmed for visibility?
  • □ Are address numbers a minimum of 4 inches in height?
  • □ Are address numbers clearly visible from the street and well-lit for visibility at night?
  • □ Are all door locks adequate and in good working order?
  • □ Is your mailbox securable with a locking mechanism so that strangers cannot remove your mail?

Side or Rear Entrance

  • □ Are all exterior doors of metal or solid wood construction?
  • □ Are all door frames strong enough and tight enough to prevent forcing or spreading?
  • □ Are door hinges protected from removal from outside?
  • □ Are exterior doors free of windows or other openings (mail slot, pet door) within 40 inches of the lock?
  • □ Is door secured by a deadbolt lock with a minimum 1-inch throw?
  • □ Are strikes and strike plates adequate and properly installed with 3-inch screw?
  • □ Is the exterior of the doorway well-lighted?
  • □ Are all doorways clear of obstruction from street or neighbors view (i.e. porch, fence, or landscaping)?
  • □ Does doorway have screen or storm door with adequate lock?
  • □ If door is sliding glass, is the sliding panel secured from being lifted out of the track?
  • □ Is a “charley-bar” or key-operated locked used on sliding door?
  • □ If your house has an alley, are address numbers posted facing the alley, at a minimum of 4-inches in height?

Ground Floor Windows

  • □ Do all windows have adequate locks in operating condition?
  • □ Do windows have screens or storm windows that lock from the inside?
  • □ Are all windows clear of areas that offer special risk to burglary?
  • □ If not, do these windows have security screens or grills?
  • □ Are exterior areas of windows free from concealing structure or landscaping?
  • □ Is exterior adequately lighted at all window areas?
  • □ Can your front windows be seen from the street?

Upper Floor Windows

  • □ Are all upper floor windows far away from porch or garage roofs, or roofs of adjoining buildings, to prevent access?
  • □ If so, are they secured as adequately as if they were at ground level?
  • □ Are trees and shrubbery kept trimmed back from upper floor windows?
  • □ Are all ladders stored securely so they are not accessible?

Inside the House

  • □ Are timers used to simulate normal activities in the house?
  • □ Have you engraved or photographed your personal property?
  • □ Is the circuit box locked or secured?

Garage

  • □ Is the automobile-entrance door to the garage equipped with an adequate locking device?
  • □ Is garage door kept closed and locked at all times?
  • □ Are all garage windows secured adequately?
  • □ Is outside utility entrance to garage as secure as required for any ground floor entrance?
  • □ Are all garage entrances well-lighted on the outside?
  • □ Are all entrances to living quarters from garage of metal or solid wood construction?
  • □ Does the door from the garage to inside the house have adequate locks?

Home alarm

  • □ Do you have an alarm system?
  • □ Are all doors and windows alarmed?
  • □ Is there a motion sensor inside the house?
  • □ Are alarm system warning signs and stickers displayed? (Even if there is no alarm system)
  • □ Does the police department have current emergency contact information?
  • □ Do you keep your hide-a-key in a lockbox?

Gates

  • □ Are all gate latches 40 inches below the top of the gate and secured with through bolts with rounded edges and with high-security padlocks?

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