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Stay safe during the summer months, Chandler advises

Stay safe during the summer months, Chandler advises
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By the City of Chandler

Headed out of town for summer vacation? Before you leave Chandler, be sure to let the Chandler Police Department know about your plans. The Department’s Vacation Watch Program is intended to give residents peace of mind while they are out of town.

One week before your departure, visit bit.ly/PD-VacationWatchForm to complete the vacation watch form on Chandler Police’s website. Residents also have the option to submit the form by calling 480-782-4000. Be aware that the Vacation Watch program is not intended for periods of time greater than four weeks or homes for sale.

Another way to protect your home during the summer (and throughout the year) is to be aware of crime or suspicious activity taking place in your neighborhood. Chandler Police recently joined the Neighbors app by Ring, a home security manufacturing company best known for its outdoor motion-based cameras and doorbells.

The free Neighbors app provides real-time, local crime and safety information – essentially it’s a virtual block watch. Users can use the app to view neighborhood activity, share crime and safety-related videos or photos and receive real-time safety alerts from neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team.

Chandler residents may text ‘CHANDLERAZ’ to 555888 from their smartphone to download the app for free. Several other police departments around the Valley also have partnered with Neighbors by Ring.

Staying safe involves much more than protecting your home. As a parent, guardian, caregiver, teacher or social worker, it’s important to protect and guide children. The Chandler Police Department offers a free Guardian Academy to educate the public about various life situations children are exposed to daily, and the warning signs of criminal or risky adolescent behavior.

The next Guardian Academy will be held Thursday evenings on Sept. 12, 19, 26, and Oct. 3 and 10. The five classes will be from 6-9 p.m. at the Chandler Police Department’s Main Station Community Room, 250 E. Chicago St.

Registration will open one month prior to the start date, so mark your calendar for August and get ready to register online at chandlerpd.com/guardian-academy/. The academy is free, but registrants are required to attend all five classes.

During the academy, a variety of topics are discussed that include: social media, Internet safety, bullying and cyberbullying, current drug trends, digital leadership, family communication tools, teen brain and development, human trafficking, mental and behavioral health, building resiliency, suicidal self-harm and suicide awareness and prevention.

These free programs are tools that the public can take advantage of to stay safe, but Officer Robin Atwood, crime prevention specialist, encourages everyone to always be aware of their surroundings.

When you’re out and about, it’s important to put your phone down to avoid distractions. It’s easy to become a victim of a crime if you aren’t paying attention.

For questions about these programs, contact Officer Robin Atwood at robin.atwood@chandleraz.gov.

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