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Burglary Safety Tips

Aug 7

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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:

Light up your residence, lock your doors at all times, and call the Law when you see something suspicious.

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