FOCUS: Lock it or Lose it - Holiday Edition


As the holiday season kicks off, be extra mindful of your surroundings and your belongings. Here are a few safety tips to help you through the holiday season safely:

when shopping

  • REMOVE your valuables from vehicles

  • Don't leave packages visible through vehicle windows

  • Secure packages in the trunk when possible

  • Pay attention to your surroundings when walking to your vehicle

  • Don't leave your purse unattended in your cart (use purse strap to secure purse to cart)

  • ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings

  • ALWAYS lock your vehicle

  • DO NOT leave valuables or firearms in vehicles

  • Be mindful of boxes that can be seen from an open garage door indicating new purchases

  • Verify ALL outside lighting is functional

  • Report ANY and ALL suspicious activity

  • Non-emergency (520)682-4032

  • TAKE Your keys

at home

  • ALWAYS secure your garage door and close it at night

  • Do not leave your vehicle open when unloading items

  • Schedule delivery of internet purchases when someone is home

  • Make sure vehicles parked on the property are locked and free of tempting items

  • Trim the vegetation to the front of the house

  • Leave the porch light on

  • Let a trusted friend or relative know when you're out of town so they can check your residence

FOCUS: Halloween Safety


Here are some Halloween safety tips whether you are going out door to door, or just handing out candy to the little ones.


If at all possible, try to pick a costume that is bright and reflective. If that is not the case, consider attaching a light or reflective tape to the costume so that your child can be seen at night. Adding reflective tape and/or lights to trick-or-treat bags is another way to help them be seen.

Make sure the costumes fit. Costumes that are too big or baggy can lead to trips and falls. Ill-fitting masks can lead to limited visibility and can also lead to accidents. Make sure that they are wearing good shoes that they can walk in.

Also make sure that costumes and accessories are flame resistant and any make-up or hair sprays are non-toxic. It may be a good idea to test make-up on a small patch of skin to make sure the child has no reactions to it.

If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips. Also make sure your child knows not to strike others with these types of items.

Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as "one size fits all," or "no need to see an eye specialist," obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is dangerous. They can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.

Find a place to leave a business card or small slip of paper with your name and contact information in the costume. If a child becomes lost, this is a great way to help someone else contact you.


A responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. Accompany them up to the house and cross the street with them.

Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.

If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home. Find out who they are going with and, if at all possible, coordinate with their parents.

Only go to homes with a porch light on, don’t worry about dark homes. Never enter a home or car for a treat. Remain on well-lit streets and avoid dark, isolated areas. Do not cut across yards or use alleys. Always use the sidewalk, If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic

Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or out driveways. Look for other obstacles that may make pedestrians “invisible” to drivers. Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!

Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity. Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost. If your child is lost, call 9-1-1 and provide as much information as possible. Take a picture of your children in their costumes to show police if they become lost. Also have a picture of them out of their costume to show police. If the child is old enough, create a plan if they become lost or separated.

Home Safe Home

Keep your home safe for visiting trick-or-treaters. Make sure there is a clear path from the sidewalk to the front door. Remove anything from the porch, walkways, carport, and front yard someone could trip over, including hoses, toys, bikes, tool, and lawn decorations. Trim trees or other vegetation that may be in the way.

Make sure your home is well lit. Check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.

Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on, bite, or scare trick-or-treaters. If your pet startles easily, it may be a good idea to put them in a place they feel safe, such as a back room or crate. 

Make sure outdoor decorations are safe, and out of the way for people in the yard. Avoid low hanging decorations that trick-or-treaters can run into. Consider a glow stick or flashlight instead of a candle inside pumpkins.


FOCUS: Bullying

Stop the Bully

Use these four steps of action to stop the bully

  1. Ignore
    • Ignore the bully. Do not respond to their actions. Hold back the anger and never get physical.
  2. Walk Away
    • Walk away from the situation quickly. Avoid making contact with the bully.
  3. Say “Stop”
    • Look the bully in the eyes, stand tall, and tell the bully to “please stop.”
  4. Get Help
    • If the bully won’t stop, tell an adult. Talk to a teacher, family, of friends. Let someone know you are being bullied

What is a Bully?


  • Come in all sizes.
  • Can be a boy or girl.
  • Thrive on power.
  • Are mean to others.
  • Control their victims.
  • Are selfish.
  • Hurth others
  • Want things their way.
  • Are aggressive.

Types of Bullying

There are three major ways a person can bully.

  1. Physical Bullying:
    • Pushing
    • Kicking Hitting
    • Pinching
    • Breaking Stuff
  2. Verbal Bullying:
    • Teasing
    • Name Calling
    • Insults
    • Threats
  3. Emotional Bullying:
    • Exclusion
    • Tormenting
    • Rumors
    • Humiliation

Anti-Bullying Pledge

I promise not to be mean or pick on others. I will treat my friends and classmates with respect and stick up for them if they are being bullied. Sticking up for someone is the right thing to do.

FOCUS: Child passenger safety

According to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), car crashes are the number one killer of children ages one to 12 in the United States.

  • 40% of children who should be in a child restraint are not in one

  • 80% of child restraints are installed incorrectly

  • Every 12 minutes, one person is killed in a motor vehicle crash. Properly used rear-facing car seats reduce the risk of death during a crash by 71%.

  • Properly used forward-facing car seats reduce the risk of death during a crash by 54%.

Arizona Law 28-907: Effective August 2, 2012, all children under 8 and 4’9” are required to be secured in a child restraint. The seat must meet appropriate height and weight specifications for the child. Click here for information on this law. 

  • Every child under 8 years old must in an appropriate child safety seat. Child safety seat includes infant seats, convertible seats, forward facing seats or other federally approved safety devices.

  • Every child from 8 to 16 years old who are not secured in a car seat must be secured in the vehicle's seat belt.

  • Protect your child as they ride! The back seat is the safest. Children under 13 years old should always ride in the back seat.

Infant Passenger Safety

  • Infants should ride rear-facing until they are at least 1 year old AND weigh 20 pounds.

  • When they outgrow their infant carrier they can ride rear-facing in a convertible seat.

  • Keeping children rear-facing until 30-35 pounds, as most convertible seats allow, is the safest for your child.

Toddlers and Pre-schoolers

  • Toddlers and pre-schoolers ride in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until child is at least 40 pounds or until they reach the seat's height and weight limit. See label on seat. This includes convertible seats and combination toddler booster seats with a harness.

Booster Seats

  • Children are ready for a BOOSTER SEAT when they weigh over 40 pounds and are 5 years or older.

  • Booster seats help position your child so the lap/shoulder seat belt fits them correctly. With a booster seat, the lap belt fits over their hips and touches the top of their legs and the shoulder belt is centered on the shoulder and chest and not across their face and neck.

  • A backless booster can be used if the seats of your car are high and your child’s head does not go above the seat.

  • A high-back booster is needed if the seats of your car are not high and do not have head restraints (headrests).

  • Children should ride in a BOOSTER SEAT until they are at least 8 years old and are 4'9" or taller.



FOCUS: Distracted Driving

What is distracted driving?

Distracted driving is any activity that can distract a driver from paying attention to traffic and adhering to the rules of the road.

  • Talking on a hands-free device
  • Talking on a hand-held device
  • Passenger distractions
  • Manually operating an electronic device such as adjusting the radio, texting, etc.
  • Other distractions inside the vehicle such as eating, drinking, etc.
  • Outside the vehicle distractions

Statistics according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

  • 3,477 people killed in 2015
  • 391,00 people injured in 2015
  • 2.2% of drivers are text messaging or visibly manipulating handheld devices
  • 3.8% of drivers are holding phones to their ears while driving
  • 0.6% of drivers are speaking with visible headsets on while driving
  • Cell phone use is highest among 16-24 years old

Stay Focused, Marana

Be safe and save lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.

Even passengers can help. Speak up if the driver in the vehicle is distracted.

Encourage drivers to drive distraction-free

Pull over to a safe area to make a call, or ask a passenger to make the call for you. 

Organize your things before driving and avoid multitasking. Have your passengers help you with non-driving related tasks.




FOCUS: Leasing Office Safety

Your Safety is #1!

Material Items Can Be Replaced – People Cannot

Coming to Work

  • Look outside before leaving the house.
  • If you have an alarm, make sure you set it.
  • Have your keys ready and don’t forget to lock the door.
  • This includes the door between the house and garage.
  • Be Alert & Aware of your surroundings while walking to your vehicle.
  • Once inside the vehicle, lock all of the doors before turning the key.
  • Vary your route occasionally.
  • If you live alone, make sure a close friend or relative knows your schedule and the make, model, year and license plate number of your vehicle.

When You Arrive

  • Pay close attention to the office and the surrounding area as you drive up.
  • Does everything ‘look normal’?
  • If you are the first person to arrive each day, make sure everything still looks secure before exiting your vehicle.
  • If the door or a window is open and no other employees should be there yet, DO NOT enter the building.
  • Stay in your vehicle and call the office – if an employee answers, ask if it is safe to enter and why the building is not secure.  If there is no answer, Call the Police!
  • If everything is okay and you can enter, lock your vehicle and set the alarm before going into the office.
  • Once inside, check all of the doors and windows to make sure everything is still locked.
  • Be sure to lock the front door behind you until opening time or until the next employee arrives.
  • If the office appears to have been burglarized, EXIT immediately and call the Police – DO NOT touch anything.

General Safety During the Day

  • Wear an ID that shows that you are an employee.
  • Polo shirts with your property logo are great.
  • Police need to be able to tell employees from residents during critical incidents.
  • Don’t forget the maintenance staff.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Never leave valuables in plain sight.
  • Don’t give out personal information.
  • Have a code word for the office.
  • Listen to your instincts.
  • Look up and greet everyone as they walk through the door.
  • Be sure someone knows which unit you are going to show, what time you left, and how long it should take.
  • If something goes wrong, get away, call the Police, be a good witness – Don’t try to ‘take care of it’ yourself.

Working with Residents

  • Know your residents.
  • Communicate with them.
  • Do not give out personal information.
  • Always remain professional.
  • Stay calm when faced with an angry resident.
  • Showing anger only escalates the situation.
  • Try to calm the other person down.
  • Record conversations that may be misinterpreted.
  • Let the resident know that you will be recording this interaction in an effort to protect both of you.
  • Document EVERYTHING!
  • If you feel fear, call the police.
  • Listen to your instincts.
  • Be a good witness, not a hero!

Working with Prospects

  • Be very clear about background checks.
  • Be very clear about the Crime Free Lease Addendum.
  • Explain other property rules clearly: Parking, Pets, Noise, etc.
  • Post signage that shows the property rules.
  • No cash accepted.
  • Must have Photo ID to tour units.
  • Make sure you have their ID and that the picture actually matches the person in front of you.
  • Open the door and let them enter the unit first.
  • Never turn your back on a person you are showing a unit to.
  • Stay close to an exit door – Keep it OPEN.
  • Walk outside and wait for them to come out when done.

Going to the Bank

  • Do not accept cash.
  • Collect checks from the drop slot first thing in the morning, right after lunch, and before you leave.
  • Do Not use a marked bank bag to carry your deposit.
  • Go INSIDE the bank to make the deposit.
  • Vary the following:
    • Day of Week
    • Day of Month
    • Time of Day
    • Bank Location
    • Your Route
  • Be Alert & Aware of your surroundings at all times.

Heading Home!

  • Use the buddy system.
  • If possible, try not to leave any employee by themselves.
  • Double check that ALL windows and doors are locked.
  • Close the blinds – Remember… Out of Sight, Out of Mind!
  • Look around outside before you open the door to leave.
  • Have your keys ready and in your hand before walking out.
  • Listen to your instincts – don’t be afraid to go back in.
  • Be Alert & Aware – does anything look suspicious?
  • Once inside your vehicle, lock the doors.
  • Vary your route home occasionally.

Your Community Resource Officer

David Danielson (520) 382-2051





FOCUS: Stolen Car Batteries

Batteries are being stolen out of the engine compartments of various makes and models of vehicles. Follow these instructions to reduce the event of theft: 

  • Remove batteries from large commercial vehicles that are stationary for extended periods.
  • Record the brand and any other significant identifiers found on your batteries—Pictures are great for identification too.
  • Mark batteries with a Driver’s License or State ID Number— Be careful not to damage the battery or it’s label—Use a neon-colored fingernail polish or similar paint.
  • Keep vehicles locked to restrict access to the hood latch.
  • Install motion sensor lights in parking areas.
  • Install exterior cameras in parking areas.
  • Park in well-lit areas.

Report ALL Suspicious Activity Around Vehicles! Call the Marana Police Department's Non-Emergency:

(520) 682-4032

To Report a Crime In Progress Dial 9-1-1

FOCUS: Protect Your Gas

Rising Gas Prices Can Result in Increased Gas Theft / Siphoning from Vehicles

Taking these steps will help decrease your chances of becoming victimized:

  • Park in a locked garage. If possible, consider purchasing a locking gas cap.
    • Available anywhere they sell auto parts/supplies.
  • Park where your vehicle can be seen by others.
  • Choose a well-lit area, NOT remote or hidden such as behind a business.
  • Make sure doors and windows are closed and locked.
    • Never leave anything of value in your vehicle.
  • If you see any suspicious activity around vehicles, call the police at (520) 682-4032 or 911. 

Also remember, NEVER leave children or pets unattended in your vehicle or without the air conditioning on, even for a short time, as the heat rapidly rises in an enclosed area and can cause severe harm or death.