West Tisbury police offer security inspections

The West Tisbury Police Department has launched a property inspection program to help both residential and commercial property owners improve security.

Although the program has been in the works for a few months, its debut coincides with news this week of multiple property thefts reported in several Island towns (see related article pg. 1).

“People have been becoming too complacent, and they really need to start taking measures to secure their property,” Chief Rossi said.

West Tisbury property owners may call the police department to set up an appointment during which a police officer will conduct a security inspection using a 48-question survey.

An inspection begins at the front door and continues with a look at all entrances, windows, locks, lights and landscaping to determine what might make entry easy — or difficult — for a prospective burglar.

“If somebody wants to call in and have us come over with a checklist, we’re certainly not Massachusetts certified construction people, but we can help advise people that might have some issues with their property and want to secure it a little better,” Chief Rossi said.

For more information or to schedule an inspection call 508-693-0020.