Home Safety/Burglary Prevention

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Through crime prevention efforts, you and other concerned citizens can take control of your property and your lives, strengthen the bonds in our community and help police make your neighborhood a safe place to live.

  • Most intruders seek easy targets. The more difficult you make it for them, the lower your risk of becoming a victim.
  • Effective security measures need not be costly. Common sense and a bit of prevention can go a very long way.
     
Install crime-resistant locks
  • Deadbolts on all outside entrances (make sure they meet local building and fire codes).
  • Reinforce or replace key-in-the knob locks with cylinder dead-bolts or horizontal bolts.
  • Secure sliding glass doors.
  • Install locks made specifically to prevent sliding or lifting.
  • Drill a hole through the inside frame and insert a nail to prevent sliding.
  • Place a strong piece of wood or a steel rod in the track (a sturdy broomstick, for example).

Prevent window entry.
  • Use window key locks (keep keys in locks for quick exit in case of emergency or fire.
  • For double hung windows, drill holes (at a downward angle) through the top corners of the inside sash and the bottom corners of the outside sash. Insert nails, pins or bolts.
  • Consider placing grates on basement and first floor windows. Be SURE to check local fire codes first.
  • Look into an alarm system. (Check company references before you buy.)
     
Crime-proof outside areas
  • Keep yard, porch and entrances well-lit at night. Look into motion detection lighting.
  • Store tools, toys, etc., after each use.
  • Never hide keys outside your home.
  • Get a guard dog (or at least post "Beware of Dog" signs in highly visible areas).
 
Get to know your neighbors
  • Get to know each other’s schedules so you can be aware when something is not a normal pattern.
  • Cooperate in keeping an eye on neighborhood homes. (Do you have a neighborhood watch program?)
  • Neighbors and neighborhoods can register their Neighborhood Watch programs through National Neighborhood Watch
     
Use preventative measures when traveling away from home.
  • Inform a trusted neighbor of your travel plans.
  • Have someone collect your mail, newspapers and other deliveries while you’re away.
  • Don’t share your plans with strangers.
  • Leave shades and blinds in their normal positions to give the appearance that someone is at home.
  • Use timing devices on lighting (two or more areas of the home).
  • For extended absences, consider hiring a trusted housesitter.

 

Protect your valuable personal belongings
  • Engrave jewelry, watches, appliances, computers, stereo equipment with your driver’s license number or other identifiable label. (We do NOT recommend using your social security number.)
  • Rent a safe-deposit box for valuables and extra cash.
  • Consult your home insurance provider for suggestions to aid in recovering the value of stolen articles. (Some companies require that you follow specific procedures in protecting your valuables.)
  • Lock up firearms and make sure you write down the serial number and store that information in a safe place. Always make a police report if a firearm is stolen.
Burglary Prevention

We’ve all heard over and over again to keep doors and windows closed and locked when you’re away but it's also important to practice good personal safety even when you're home too. Keep doors locked and windows that are easily accessible from the outside closed and locked and don't leave the gate open or garage door up. These open doors or windows could be just the invitation a residential burglar needs to "come on in."

Here are some additional burglary prevention tips

  • Never leave your gate unlocked or doors and windows open or unlocked while doing yard work or other outdoor chores (washing the car, taking the dog for a short walk, getting the mail).
  • Make sure to leave your garage door closed and locked whether you’re home or not.
  • When closing your garage door, either on your way out or on your way home, watch it to make sure it goes down all the way and that no one sneaks in.
  • Move all ladders, garbage cans, tool sheds (anything that can offer easy access to windows or decks) away from the side of your house.
  • Treat second story windows and doors the same as the ones on the ground level. Keep them closed and locked.
  • Never leave windows or doors open or unlocked while sleeping.
  • Have an emergency plan for escape in case you hear someone breaking into your house. Get out of the house, have a cell phone ready if possible to call police, and go to a safe place to wait for police. If getting out of the house is not possible, call 9-1-1 and lock yourself in a room. Stay on the phone with 9-1-1 and wait for police.
  • Join a Neighborhood Watch, if you don’t have one…start one!
  • Getting to know and communicating with your neighbors about safety plans and working together to keep an eye out for suspicious circumstances happening in your neighborhood can be an effective deterrent to crime.
  • If you install a security alarm registration is required. Please complete an Alarm Registration Form.