Crime Prevention and Community Education


We are taking these tips from the Crime Prevention Month Kit provided by the National Crime Prevention Council. Please download their kit for even more tips on how to prevent crime and be safe. 

Week 2:

Counterfeits can be dangerous - Get informed

Counterfeit power accessories including batters, chargers, battery grips, and even external flashes can be dangerous.They may overheat, smoke, melt, or ignite and could cause bodily injury or property damage. These tips will help keep you safe:
  • Beware of "too good to be true" prices
  • Be careful when buying through foreign websites
  • Purchase from authorized dealers or from the manufacturer
  • Make sure your battery fits easily in your device
  • Check for overheating
  • Make sure the battery holds a charge
  • Compare logos for consistency
When in doubt, let the manufacturer check it out. Don't hesitate to contact the manufacturer with questions. Click here for more information.

Week 1:

Get real and avoid fake electronics

Counterfeit products are fake replicas produced in a manner that is increasingly difficult for consumers to identify, which is why we recommend always purchasing from a reputable source or directly from the manufacturer. This is the best way to ensure avoiding counterfeits. It's not always easy to spot a fake, even when it's side by side with the genuine product. However, it's important to know the clues that can help you spot a fake.
  • Labels with missing punctuation or misspellings
  • Different fonts or icons
  • Blurred logos
  • Poor grammar or typos on packaging and/ or products
  • Sale at an improbable location for the product, particularly street vendors
  • Low quality packaging
Above all, if the deal sounds too good to be true, and the price is far lower than what you'd expect, it probably is too good to be true! You can report any suspected intellectual property theft to the BPD or by visiting this website.

What is Crime Prevention?

It is the anticipation, recognition, and appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of some action to remove or reduce it.

The Burlington Police Department offers several crime prevention programs that help promote and improve safety for community groups and individuals. Officers provide educational resources and programs to assist those interested in learning more about crime prevention. Our goal is to provide educational opportunities for citizens to remove or reduce crime risk. Our professionally trained Crime Prevention Specialists can assist our citizens with home or business security surveys. The specialists provide the latest crime prevention through environmentally designed tips and strategies for how to protect your home or business.

Tips for crime prevention and safety:

The BPD provides a lot of information on how to avoid being the victim of a crime. We have information on how to keep you, your family, and your neighborhood safe. Follow any of the links below to see tips for what you can do to help us keep this community safe.

BPD community programs:

Listed below are some of the community programs the department participates in, provides, or supports:

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(336) 229-3500
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