The Guilford Police Department Crime Prevention Unit offers a number of free services to town residents and business owners. The crime prevention unit is committed to the concept of citizens and police working together to reduce the opportunities for crimes to be committed. The Guilford Police Department believes in maintaining a strong relationship with residents and in the theory of community policing based on a team approach.
Members of the crime prevention unit are available to educate and assist residents and business owners in all areas of crime prevention and security measures that will decrease the chances of being the victim of a crime. The crime prevention unit is also available to familiarize residents with current crime trends and educate them on what steps can be taken to reduce the occurrence of these crimes.
Any resident or business owner wishing to take advantage of any crime prevention programs, or who may have questions regarding these crime prevention topics, can contact Sergeant Martina Jakober at 203-453-8061 or by Email. ( If you send an e-mail for Crime Prevention info, please be sure to put “ATTENTION SGT. JAKOBER” in the subject line and in the body of the message )
Contacting an Officer for a Speaking Engagement
Crime prevention officers are available to speak with community, civic or neighborhood groups on any crime prevention topic desired. We are always looking for venues that would like to host a Coffee with a Cop and other like minded programs. If you would like to schedule a speaking engagement for one of our officers, call the Guilford Police Department at 203-453-8061.
Guilford Police Department is proud to offer the Project Lifesaver program to residents in town who live with a cognitive disability, have a full time caretaker and who have the propensity to wander. This device has saved thousands of adults and children throughout the U.S. who have wandered away from their caretakers, it reduces the search time to often less than 30 minutes, and is minimal in cost. The equipment consists of a wristband or ankleband that contains a small transmitter and battery. The transmitter is a unique radio frequency to each person. The police and fire department both have a received that is activated when the adult or child goes missing. The responding units can then track the device even while en route to the call. This program is offered free to Guilford Residents and is utilized in all 50 states, as well as, several other countries. For more information contact Sgt. Jakober or Sgt. Duro via email or contact 203-453-8061. You can also check out the website for Project Lifesaver to learn more about bringing loved ones home.
The Empower Card was created by the Guilford Police Department, in coordination with several local moms, who were worried about their teen and adult children who live with cognitive disabilities. Their loved ones either live separately or were off on their own for a period of time throughout the day. They were concerned that their loved ones may overreact due to their cognitive disability if they were in a car crash or had to be involved in a police interaction. These moms wanted some type of tool that their children could use which would help them be safe and confident in those situations, but also a tool that may explain their behavior if they were unable to remain calm.
This driver license sized card is provided to their loved one and has their photo, personal information and emergency contacts. The information provided by the user or caretaker is helpful to emergency responders when dealing with a stressful incident. The uses of this card range from people with cognitive disabilities to severe anxiety. The goal of the card is to empower the card holder in situations where they might not feel safe or comfortable. The card provides behavioral or speech explanations to emergency responders when responding to an incident. Simply put, it takes some of the stress out of a stressful event and helps officers or firefighters better understand how best to respond to the needs of the Empower Card adult or child.
For more information contact Sgt. Jakober via email or by calling 203-453-8061.
The crime prevention unit will assist with educating residents interested in implementing this program in their neighborhood. The residents of these communities become the eyes and the ears for the police and immediately report suspicious people or vehicles to the police, facilitating a quicker response.
If you are interested in beginning a neighborhood watch in your community, call Sgt. Martina Jakober at 203-453-8061 to set up an appointment with your community group.
Security SurveysA trained crime prevention officer will inspect and evaluate your residence or business and recommend security improvements to make you a less attractive target. The survey will focus on, but not be limited to:
- Building structure
- Doors & Windows
- Any other necessary measures
Crime Prevention Tips for the Home
- Leave lights on (motion lights for exterior and interior timer lights)
- Complete a house check when leaving for long periods
- Have someone check the mail if you are away
- Lock your vehicle doors, remove valuables and take your key or key fob from the vehicle
- Lock your home doors and utilize cameras and alarms for additional security
- Utilize window locks and alarm bars for basement windows and other easily accessible windows
- If you see or hear something suspicious, report it.
Crime Prevention Tips for Your Business
- Business Registration with the Guilford Police Department
- Credit card and check fraud avoidance
- Recommendations for making your building safer for you and your clients
911-411 Emergency Information Radio Show
Join us monthly for the 911-411 Emergency Information on ICRV Radio where we discuss current crime issues, ways to protect yourself and events going on around town. You can listen live or subscribe to listen to archived shows!
Anti-Terrorism Hot Line
If you see something suspicious… Say something!
Call the Anti-Terrorism hotline.
Go to the Department of Emergency Management & Homeland Security (DEMHS) For more information on Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness click the link above. For a printable guide to Emergency Preparedness click below.
- Emergency Preparedness PDF
- Emergency Preparation Guide