Crime Prevention Month in KMC

by Staff Sgt. Joel Reyes 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron

October is Crime Prevention Month. During this month, the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron, 86th Security Forces Squadron and U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Department of Emergency Services will be promoting crime prevention efforts with weekly tips.

These tips can help reduce the risk of becoming a victim of the highest reported crimes in the area. Additional tips can be found on the KMC Neighborhood Watch Facebook page.

Military law enforcement authorities provide a police presence to deter and respond to criminal activity throughout the KMC, both on and off base.

To facilitate Crime Preven-tion Month, seminars will take place during the month of October. An anti-bullying self-defense seminar is scheduled to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. each Wednesday of the month at the 86th SFS training room on Ramstein, Bldg. 2227, for kids ages 10 to 17 years old. Additionally, a women’s self-defense seminar is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 at the Ramstein Southside Fitness Center.

Come join the 86th FSS and look for other crime prevention articles to help in keeping our communities safe. To sign up, contact Tech. Sgt. Gregory Riley at 480-1215.

This week’s focus is on vehicle, personal and home security safety tips:

• Never place your valuables in your car where they can be seen. Leaving valuables in plain sight can be an invitation for theft.

• If you must leave valuables in an unattended vehicle, secure them by locking your valuables and other belongings in the trunk of your vehicle.

• Verify your vehicle is locked before leaving the area. Keyless or remote locking systems can malfunction from a low battery.

• Verify your windows are rolled up and the sun roof is closed before leaving. Even if the window is barely cracked, it makes a would-be thief’s job easier.

• Use anti-theft devices such as a battery-powered wireless door alarm with programmable keypad, motion alarm with remote, etc.

• Mark all valuables with your initials.

• In public areas, fitness centers, grocery stores, etc., secure your belongings with a personal lock.

• When you are not at home, you should ensure your windows, doors and garages are locked. An open door can be an invitation.

• Use your rollladens. Never leave your house or apartment unlocked even if you are just around the corner.

• Always report suspicious activity as this helps extend the security forces and military police eyes and ears within our communities.

Anyone can report suspicious behavior on Ramstein to the 86th SFS Ramstein Law Enforcement Desk at 480-2050 or 06371-47-2050. For all other KMC military installations, call the 569th USFPS Integrated Defense Operations Cen-ter at 489-6060/7070 or 0631-536-6060/7070. German speakers are available.

For emergencies on and off base, dial 112.

For more information, contact the Air Force Office of Special Investigation 24-hour tip line at 0171-745-5382 or