Home Safety


 A break-in can shatter your feeling of safety at home forever. In the U.S. a home is burglarized once every 15 seconds. The good news is it is one of the most preventable crimes. Taking a few simple steps and learning about how a criminal chooses a target can decrease your chances of becoming a victim.

What do most burglars look for?

  • Something worth stealing.
  • Easy access and low visibility.
  • A house where nobody is home.

 

How can I prevent break-ins?

  • Make your home look occupied all the time.
  • Use automatic timers on lights when you are away.
  • Always park your cars in the garage, and with the garage door shut. A burglar may otherwise notice a pattern that a closed garage door or no cars in the driveway means no one is home.
  • Never leave notes on your door that can tip off burglars.

   

Make your house look the same whether you are away or at home.

  • Have a trusted neighbor pick up the mail and newspaper. If possible, do not have either stopped. That gives information about you being away from home to people you don’t know.
  • If away for an extended period, have a plan in place to have the grass mowed or snow shoveled.
  • If you are away from home on garbage pickup day, ask a trusted neighbor to put your garbage cans out to the street and take them back in.
  • Even if you don’t need specific help, always tell a trusted neighbor if you are going to be gone for a few days.

   

Don’t give would-be burglars a place to hide!

  • Make sure there is good lighting around your home, especially around where you park.
  • Install motion detector lights around your house instead of just leaving lights on all night. The lights coming on and turning off attract the attention of neighbors.
  • Remove bushes and shrubs from around the house, especially under windows and next to doors.
  • Install a security alarm system with a loud alarm and/or flashing lights.

   

Use common sense:

  • Always lock all doors and windows when you leave the house.
  • Use a peephole to identify visitors before opening your door.
  • Do not hide spare keys outside your house, instead give one to a trusted neighbor.
  • Do not invite strangers into your home.
  • Do not have money or jewelry lying out in view from a window. If possible, keep jewelry and other small valuables and important documents in a safe deposit box.
  • Avoid telling others about the valuables in your home.