From the Desk of Detective John Rink Jr. – Protect Yourself By Making Life Harder for Criminals

The safety of you and your loved ones is a priority for every one of your San Mateo Police Officers.  Whether it be your personal safety, the safety and security of your home and belongings, or that of your loved ones and neighbors, doing everything we can to empower our community partners to take steps to make themselves safer is a full time commitment for each of us and helping to build a safer community is what drives us to serve this beautiful city.  That being said, I would like to offer some tips to keep all of us working together towards that goal and help you stay safe in your home, in your vehicle, or wherever life takes you.

WHEN YOUR OUT AND ABOUT:

  • BE ALERT TO YOUR SURROUNDINGS AND THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU, ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE ALONE OR IT’S DARK
  • WHENEVER POSSIBLE, TRAVEL WITH A FRIEND
  • STAY AND PARK IN WELL-LIGHTED AREAS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
  • WITH RARE EXCEPTION, DO NOT RESPOND TO CONVERSATIONS FROM STRANGERS ON THE STREET
  • IF YOU CARRY A PURSE, HOLD IT SECURELY BETWEEN YOUR ARM AND YOUR BODY
  • BE DISCREET WHEN USING YOUR CELLULAR TELEPHONE AS IT DISTRACTS YOU FROM YOUR SURROUNDINGS,

WHEN LEAVING YOUR VEHICLE:

  • DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN PLAIN VIEW (ON SEATS OR ON THE FLOORBOARD)
  • ALWAYS ROLL UP ALL WINDOWS AND LOCK ALL CAR DOORS AFTER ENTERING OR LEAVING YOUR CAR
  • HAVE YOUR CAR KEYS IN YOUR HAND SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO LINGER BEFORE ENTERING YOUR CAR

WHEN WORKING OUT AT THE GYM:

  • SECURE YOUR VEHICLE IN THE ABOVE DESCRIBED MANNER
  • ALWAYS USE A LOCK TO SECURE YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY INSIDE A LOCKER
  • TRY TO ENSURE NO PERSONAL ITEMS ACCOMPANY YOU TO THE GYM FLOOR, AS THEY CAN BE EASILY LOST OR STOLEN

WHEN WAITING FOR THE BUS:

  • AVOID ISOLATED AND POORLY LIT BUS STOPS
  • DON’T OPEN YOUR PURSE OR WALLET WHILE BOARDING THE BUS. HAVE YOUR PASS OR MONEY READY
  • BE ALERT OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS AND THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU
  • DO NOT DISPLAY INVITING PROPERTY INCLUDING CASH, CELLPHONES, ELECTRONIC DEVICES OR JEWELRY
  • STAY ALERT AND BE AWARE OF THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU
  • DURING OFF-HOURS, SIT AS CLOSE TO THE BUS DRIVER AS POSSIBLE
  • IF SOMEONE BOTHERS YOU, CHANGE SEATS AND/OR TELL THE DRIVER
  • KEEP YOUR PURSE IN FRONT OF YOU AND HOLD IT CLOSE TO YOUR BODY
  • CHECK YOUR PURSE OR WALLET IF SOMEONE IS CROWDING YOU
  • NOTIFY THE DRIVER IF YOU SEE SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

WHEN LEAVING YOUR HOME:

  • LEAVE A LIGHT ON INSIDE THE RESIDENCE SO THAT IT APPEARS OCCUPIED
  • SECURE AND LOCK ALL WINDOWS AND DOORS
  • POST VISIBLE SIGNAGE INDICATING THAT YOU HAVE ALARM IN USE
  • USE CURTAINS OR SHADES TO BLOCK OUTSIDERS FROM LOOKING INSIDE THE RESIDENCE
  • IF POSSIBLE, INSTALL MOTION ACTIVATED LIGHT SENSORS ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE RESIDENCE
  • LEAVE UNUSED VEHICLES IN THE DRIVEWAY AND REMOVE ANY GARAGE DOOR OPENERS

i wish you and yours safe travels here in our city. Please look out for yourself, your loved ones, and your neighbors and don’t hesitate to report ANYTHING suspicious to the police.  Trust your instincts and remember, if it doesn’t look or feel right, it’s probably not.  So, report it via (650)522-7700 or by 911 for emergencies.  That’s why we’re here….

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Detective John Rink Jr. is an 8 year veteran of the San Mateo Police Department.  He is well known throughout the law enforcement community for his expertise in Criminal Street Gangs and Narcotics as a former member of the Crime Reduction Unit.  He is currently assigned as a Detective in the Investigations Bureau and is also a proud 2nd generation San Mateo Police Officer, following in the rather large footsteps of his father, retired SMPD Officer John Rink Sr., an SMPD legend and true department pioneer in Community Policing and Neighborhood Watch.

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