Burglary Safety Tips
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Burglary Safety Tips
The burglary basics:
· Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
· Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
· Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
· Keep your garage door closed and locked.
· Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
· Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
· Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
· Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
· Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.
· Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.
Don't tempt a thief:
· Lawn mowers, snow blowers, barbecues and bicycles are best stored out of sight.
· Always lock your garden sheds and garages.
· Use curtains on garage and basement windows.
· Never leave notes on your door such as "Gone shopping."
Locks…get the best:
· No lock, regardless of its quality, can be truly effective. Key-in dead bolt locks provide minimum security. Ask a locksmith for advice on your situation.
· Change locks immediately if your keys are lost or stolen.
· When moving into a new home, have all locks changed.
Targeting the Outside:
· Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.
· Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.
· Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.
· Most windows can be pinned for security.
· Drill a 3/16" hole on a slight downward slant through the inside window frame and halfway into the outside frame - place a nail in the hole to secure the window.
· An alarm system is excellent for home security. It provides peace of mind to homeowners, especially while on vacation. There is a wide variety of alarm systems on the market.
· Make several inquiries to different companies for the best security system available to you.
· Some insurance companies provide discounts if you have an alarm system.
If Your Home Is Broken Into:
If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door:
· Do not enter - the perpetrator may still be inside.
· Use a neighbor's phone to call police.
· Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
· Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
· Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.
Other precautions you should take:
· Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other "secret" hiding places -- burglars know where to look for hidden keys.
· Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and original value, and serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from home -- this is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
· Trim your shrubbery around your home to reduce cover for burglars.
· Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 911 immediately.
· Mark your valuables with your driver's license number with an engraver you can borrow from your precinct. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.
· Form a Neighborhood Watch Group. We can help you work with your neighbors to improve security and reduce risk of burglary.
· Consider installing a burglar alarm system.
The MOST important thing YOU can do is CALL THE POLICE to report a CRIME or any SUSPICIOUS activity. You have to be the eyes of your neighborhood. And remember you can always remain a pair of anonymous eyes!
Remember the three L's of Crime Prevention: LIGHTS, LOCKS & the LAW!
Light up your residence, lock your doors at all times, and call the Law when you see something suspicious.