Holiday Crime Prevention Tips
- When shopping, always keep your doors locked and all valuables hidden from view preferably locked away in your trunk.
- Never leave your purse in your vehicle.
- If possible, secure your vehicle with an additional steering wheel lock (i.e. "The Club").
- If you use a wireless device to open and lock your car doors, make sure you check the vehicle before you walk away. Sometimes people think they locked their car doors but they did not.
- Make sure your trunk lid is secured / shut. Often people hit the wrong button when trying to lock their car doors and the driver actually hits the trunk release button instead. Criminals often cruise shopping malls looking for open trunks knowing people secure their valuables and gifts in the trunks.
- Another problem relating to trunks is that some people often leave their keys in the trunk when putting their newly purchased gifts in the trunk for safe keeping. This could result in your gifts being taking as well as your vehicle. Check behind yourself when putting things in your trunk to make sure you have your keys.
- As you walk to and from your car make sure you keep the keys in your hands to be used as a defense weapon in the event someone tries to rob or assault you. Additionally, if you have the wireless remote for your vehicle doorlocks in your hand, keep you finger on the panic button in case you are approached by a stranger or someone intends to rob or assault you.
- Prior to entering your vehicle make sure you look in the back seat area and floorboards to make sure no one is hiding inside your vehicle.
- Remember, try and park in a well lighted area for added security.
- Try to shop in pairs (with a friend or family member) for added security.
- Lock your car doors upon re-entry into your vehicle.
- Never roll down your vehicle windows if someone approaches your vehicle even if the person says they are lost or wants to ask you a question.
- If you have a cellular phone available assign a speed dial for 911 and have your finger on that button for quick dialing. Even if you cannot talk after dialing 911, remember the operator
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get the police check my house while I am on vacation?
The Town of Mint Hill would like to advise our citizens requesting to keep check of their property understands that this agreement from the dates indicated below does not constitute a promise by the Mint Hill Police Department that no criminal action will occur or that no damage or injury will occur to the property that is being checked by this department. The officers with this department will make an effort in checking your property while you are away during officer"s patrols of neighborhoods as well as our businesses, but we are not able to set a regular schedule check of the property. We encourage the citizens to partner with the officers of the Mint Hill Police Department to take extra measures in safeguarding their property.
Call the police department at 704-545-1085 for more information.
How do I contact the police if it's not an emergency?
The Mint Hill Police Department office operates Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. During those hours you may contact (704) 545-1085 with any report requests or general inquiries. If you need police assistance and it's not an emergency, you can contact our dispatch directly at (704) 889-2231.
How do I register my home alarm?
You can obtain a form from the Police Department. Call 704-545-1085 for more information.
How do I obtain a copy of a crash report?
You can obtain a copy of a crash report from the Mint Hill Police Department Report Database. You must have the report number or the Victim's/Driver's name in order to retrieve it. Please allow 3 to 5 business days for reports to be processed.
How do I register for emergency notifications?
Register today for the CharMeck Alerts Notification System. Receive accurate and timely notifications of the information you want and need to know—straight from your local leaders. You can receive up-to-the-minute notifications about events and emergencies that may affect your home, workplace, or other points of interest—anywhere in Mecklenburg County.
How do I get finger printed at the Mint Hill Police Department?
The Mint Hill Police Department offers fingerprinting Tuesday and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm. by appointment only. Contact the Mint Hill Police Department at (704) 545-1085 to schedule an appointment. The fees vary depending on whether or not you are a town resident.