Since December 31, 2012, the Maize Police Department has taken
several reports of burglaries to autos in Maize. These
crimes are being committed during the night time hours to
vehicles parked at residences. Most of these vehicles have
been left unlocked. Citizens are reminded to lock your car
doors at ALL times when the vehicle is left unattended and to
not leave items of value in view inside the car such as GPS
units, tools and other items. Citizens are also asked to
be vigilant during night time hours of unfamiliar persons on
foot in the area or unfamiliar vehicles driving around or parked
in neighborhoods and to immediately call 9-1-1. These
types of crimes are often committed by opportunists who will
park in a neighborhood, then walk through the neighborhood
checking for unlocked cars.
Through your help, we can keep Maize safe and crime free.
Mail theft is becoming an increased problem throughout the nation and here in Maize. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service recommend the following tips to protect your mail from thieves:
Never send cash or coins in the mail. Use checks or money orders.
Promptly remove mail from your mailbox after delivery, especially if you're expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items. If you won't be home when the items are expected, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.
Have your local post office hold your mail while you're on vacation, or absent from your home for a long period of time.
If you don't receive a check or other valuable mail you're expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately.
If you change your address, immediately notify your post office and anyone with whom you do business via the mail.
Always deposit your mail in a mail slot at your local post office, or hand it to your letter carrier.
Consider starting a neighborhood watch program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each other's mailboxes (as well as homes). Contact the Maize Police Department at 722-1433 for more information.
If you believe your mail was stolen, report it immediately to your local postmaster or nearest Postal Inspector. You'll be asked to file a formal complaint using PS Form 2016, Mail Theft and Vandalism Complaint.
The number of reported thefts to the Maize Police Department decreased by 25% in 2011 from those reported in 2010. Many of the thefts that were reported were from automobiles. Unfortunately most of these thefts could have been prevented had the owners locked their car doors. Most thefts from vehicles in Maize occur during the night time hours and are committed by "opportunist". Individuals will walk neighborhoods late at night checking car doors.
When they find an unlocked car, they will rummage through the car looking for valuables and other items to take. Other thefts occur when people leave their purses or other valuables in plain site in their vehicle. REMEMBER: ALWAYS LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS AND HIDE ANY VALUABLES LEFT IN THE CAR. Help us reduce the number of thefts from autos in 2012.