MLK Jr Day of Service 2016 Detroit News

MLK Jr Day of Service 2016 Detroit News

Day of Service, Events, News, Volunteer

Photos from AmUS’s 2016 MLK Jr Day of Service event

Read more at WXYZ Detroit

Safety through Tech

Safety through Tech

Community Safety, News

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Detroit Police Chief James Craig on Tuesday announced a partnership with Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.

Nextdoor has already proven to be an essential and well-adopted tool for Detroit residents. More than 120 neighborhoods in Detroit, have already started Nextdoor websites.

With Nextdoor, Detroit residents are able to create private neighborhood websites to share information, about neighborhood public safety issues, community events, activities, local services, and even lost pets.  With the partnership of the Detroit Police Department, Neighborhood Police Officers  will be allowed to access the site and post information pertaining to the city thereby keeping residents informed.

For video and complete article visit Click On Detroit.

Morningside Safe Routes

Morningside Safe Routes

Community Safety, News, Volunteer

The Wayne State University Alumni Association and Wayne Cares joined the AmeriCorps Urban Safety program (AMUS) in partnership with Detroit Public Schools, the Detroit Police Department and the Morningside Community Organization to secure 10 dangerous, vacant structures surrounding the campus of Clark Preparatory Academy on Friday, Nov. 7. Nearly 80 volunteers completed two blocks of beautification to ensure safer pathways to and from school as part of the city-wide Safe Routes to School initiative.

Larceny Prevention

Larceny Prevention

Community Safety, Home Safety

What is larceny?

Larceny is when a person takes, obtains or withholds property from its owner. Examples include: theft of bicycles and automobile accessories, shoplifting, pocket-picking, or the stealing of any property or article that is not taken by force and violence or by fraud.

Most larcenies take place if criminals have easy access and little risk of being caught. YOU can change this equation with some common behaviors and habits!

Remove the opportunity:

● Never Leave your items unattended
● Always lock your car
● Keep vehicle windows closed when parked
● Always lock your bike
● Always lock your house/apartment
● Remove valuables from plain view and vehicles
● Don’t allow others access to your keys
● Don’t loan property to others that you don’t know or trust

Prevention Tips:

● Secure ALL personal property
● Secure ALL work related property
● Write or engrave identifying marks on your property
● Keep serial numbers to property in a safe place
● Use anti-theft devices (alarms, car club, wheel locks)
● Always look at the people around you
● Be aware of your surroundings

Call the non-emergency Telephone Crime Reporting (T.C.R.) number at (313) 267-4600 to make a police report over the phone if you observe any suspicious persons or activities in your neighborhood.

Don’t know your precinct? Find out here.

VIN Etching FAQ

VIN Etching FAQ

Vehicle Safety

What is VIN etching?

VIN stands for Vehicle Identification Number. It’s a combination of numbers that are unique for
every vehicle. VIN etching is the permanent stenciling of your vehicle’s 17-digit identification number
onto the windshield and all glass windows of your automobile. The etching is done at the bottom of the glass and doesn’t obstruct your view or change the overall appearance of your car, but it can help protect it from thieves.

How effective is VIN etching?

VIN etching can act as a theft deterrent. If your car has VIN etching, a thief would need to change out all of the glass on the vehicle. VIN etched vehicles have a 65% lower theft rate versus non-etched vehicles, as well as an 85% better chance of recovery if stolen. (Source: Comal County Sheriff’s Office)

Do auto insurance companies offer a discount for having your car VIN etched?

YES (but it varies). A number of insurance agencies offer a discount off the comprehensive portion of your insurance or waive your insurance deductibles if your vehicle is protected by VIN etching.

Comprehensive insurance is what covers your vehicle if it’s stolen. Having the VIN number etched on your vehicle counts as a “passive security system/anti-theft deterrent” and a discount may be available on this portion of your insurance policy.

TIP: Make sure to keep the Insurance Discount Request & VINETCH Security Device Record of Work given to you by the AmeriCorps team on the day your car is VIN etched to prove you’ve had this done.
(Source: AllState Insurance Co)

How to care for a recently VIN etched car:

  • Do not roll down windows for 24 hours
  • Do not wash car for 24 hours
  • If it rains within 24 hours, do not wipe the VIN etching dry – friction from rubbing can blur or remove the etching
  • You will notice a white film around the VIN on your windows – this is normal!
    This should fade over the next few days.

For more information on VIN etching, please contact: