Stop Initiative

Don't Become a Victim of a Burglary
The Amherst Police Department is reminding all college students to protect their local residences during the fall and winter breaks. Traditionally, during this time period the volume of burglaries rises considerably. Knowing that students often leave their belongings behind, thieves will commonly target areas with high student populations. In the majority of these thefts, entry is made through unlocked doors and windows. By following a few simple steps prior to leaving for break you can deter a thief from targeting your home. The Amherst Police Department has adopted the S.T.O.P. Initiative to help spread awareness of these simple steps.

S - Secure all doors and windows
. A quick check of your residence before departing is possibly the best way to protect your belongings during fall and winter breaks.

T - Take your valuables with you. Highly valuable items such as laptops, jewelry, iPods, and game systems should be taken with you if possible.

O - Out of sight. Invest in window coverings and make sure they are utilized. Keep all of your valuables out of sight. Valuable items in plain view can attract the attention of a thief and make you a target.

P - Patrols. The Amherst Police Department will be utilizing directed patrols in an effort to deter/apprehend any offenders during the breaks. These directed patrols will include plain clothes officers on foot in and around areas of student housing. We also welcome you to report any and all suspicious activity. If it doesn't look right, it probably isn't.

In an effort to educate the community about this program, the Amherst Police Department is distributing door holders at apartment complexes and homes throughout town.