"Lock your home and then try to break in. If you can, then it's probably not secure enough," said Redding Police Chief Rob Paoletti at his first community meeting of 2014.
Paoletti held four meetings in 2013 where he addressed the city's crime statistics and gave tips on how to reduce crime.
On Wednesday night the chief reviewed last year's statistics, gave tips on how folks can protect themselves from burglaries and addressed a recent article by Time Magazine that ranked Redding as fifth in the nation for spikes in violent crime.
When asked about the report, Paoletti said, "What I don't like is their methodology. When you use percent increase to measure the crime or safety of the community. I think that's a flawed way of doing it."
The police chief is expected to hold three more meetings this year. The next one is set for April.