Safety Tips

Safety Tips For Citizens

The Paola Police Department works to protect the citizens, visitors and businesses of Paola from crime, but nothing promotes a crime-free environment as well as an active and aware public. The following are some tips that may help you prevent crime. But remember: the most important single act you can do is to call the Police to report crimes or suspicious activities! When law enforcement is unaware of problems, they cannot resolve them.

Although most of these tips are for homeowners, businesses can also play a significant part in the anti-crime effort. Adapt these suggestions for your business. Your customers and employees will benefit.

Protect Your Home & Neighborhood

  • Adequately secure all windows with secondary locking devices.
  • Be neighborly, but be suspicious of strangers in the area.
  • Call the police to report all crimes and suspicious activity.
  • Do not advertise that you are away from home.
  • Install good deadbolt locks and use them.
  • Leave exterior light on all night.
  • Lock garage doors and windows.
  • Record serial numbers and maintain a record of your property in a safe place, other than your home.
  • Use timers to turn lights on and off in a normal schedule when away from home.

Protect Yourself

  • Carry your purse firmly and close to your body.
  • Do not accept rides from strangers.
  • Do not hitchhike. Do not pick up hitchhikers.
  • Have your car or house key in your hand as you approach the door.
  • If you are concerned about crime and must go out, find a friend to walk, jog or shop with.
  • Keep your wallet in an inside coat or side trouser pocket.
  • Park in well-lighted areas that will be will-lighted when you return. Be sure to lock your car doors.
  • Show you are calm, confident and know where you are going.
  • Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable, leave.
  • Women living alone should list only their last name and first initial in the phone book and on mail boxes, if listed at all. Ask the phone company to not list your address in the phone book.

If Attacked or Robbed

  • Call the police immediately, identifying yourself and giving your location.
  • Don't escalate this crime into a violent encounter.
  • If the attacker is after your property, don't resist.
  • Make a conscious effort to get an accurate description of your attacker: age, race, complexion, body build, height, weight, type and color of clothing.
  • Try not to panic or show any signs of anger or confusion.
  • Try to remain calm.

When You Call the Police

  • Call Police Dispatch at (913) 259-3640 to report burglaries, thefts, vandalism, prowlers, or suspicious or disruptive activities. You may be asked to provide:
    • Your address, name and phone number.
    • What Happened? Describe the event in as brief manner as possible.
    • When Did It Happen? Tell if the crime is in progress or when it occurred.
    • Who Did It? Name or describe the suspect or vehicle, if there is one.
    • Where Did They Go? Which way and how did they leave?
  • Try to remain calm.
  • Use 911 for medical emergencies, fires and crimes in progress. someone should respond within a few minutes on a call of this type. In many situations, an officer may be dispatched while you are still providing information.
  • Wait for the officer to arrive or to return your call. The time it takes for an officer to arrive will depend on my factors. The officer may ask you questions similar to those asked earlier. Please be patient.

Remembering Case Information

Keep track of the case number you are given by the officer. It will be needed by your insurance company if you file a claim, and all future police activity related to that event will be linked to that number. It there is enough information, the case will be passed on to a follow-up detective. It may be a few days before you are contacted.

If you have new information to give to the detective, be sure to reference your case number.