AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Amarillo Police Department spent Thursday evening interacting with members of the community in an effort to reduce crime.
The goal of the new Community Crime Prevention Program is to help reduce the chances of someone falling victim to a crime.
The program drew a full room as residents came to hear tips on how to beat the number one crime in our area - theft.
"We're calling it the three lines of defense to home and business security," said Cpl. Jeb Hilton of the Crime Prevention Unit. "It's just three ways that you can try to protect your property a little bit better then you're doing right now."
Those three lines of defense are a secure perimeter, exterior and interior.
That's not the only defense.
Hilton says security is as much psychological as it is physical.
If a potential criminal sees lights, secondary locks, video doorbells and other security measures - they could decide it's not worth the risk.
APD says a way to stop incidents before they happen is to be vigilant and speak on what you see - even if it's not directly a crime and is just suspicious.
"In that type of a situation, should a homeowner call the non emergency police number?," asked one resident.
"Our job is to serve and to answer calls. We answer calls all day everyday," said Cpl. Hilton. "Suspicion calls like that are the key to us figuring out who somebody is."
Some residents shared the precautions they've taken to stop crime at their home.
"This is like a safe. One high, one normal level, one low and they have to break through all three of them," said one Amarillo resident.
Another spoke on how he reacts if he loses his garage door remote, "We can activate it to where only the keypad on the door front works and it kills the remotes."
While you don't need to spend a fortune on security measures, small precautions can have a big impact.
"I hope they learn at least one thing. If there's something that I can teach them that they don't know or something that they may have forgotten," said Cpl. Hilton. "I think that's a win. I think it's worth the time to come out and do that."
The Amarillo Police Department will be posting about its next community meeting on its Facebook.
It will be held sometime in October.
If you have any ideas about what you'd like to see the department discuss, you can reach out to them and share.