Are a few good security tips
your stereo or TV to your favorite station when you leave. To a burglar the noise
may give the apperance that someone is home. Some clients also tell us they always
forward their home phone to their cell phone
Trim the Hedges
Keep the hedges next to your house at a level no higher than the window
sill. Otherwise, would-be burglars will have a place to hide.
Permanently marked items make it easier for the police
to trace and return stolen items to you.Social security numbers and drivers license
numbers with the state abbreviation work best.Keep a record of marked objects.
Your Home Watched While You Are Away
Have a neighbor collect newspapers
and mail. Consider hiring someone to take care of your lawn, or a house sitter
for extended absences. Above all, let your neighbors know when you will leave
and when you will return.
dead bolt door locks and sturdy window latches help prevent break-ins.close and
lock garage doors
This helps protect any valuables stored in your garage
while preventing access to your house from inside
in the Driveway
To give the appearance someone is home, park another
car in your driveway or ask a neighbor to park there. This also prevents burglars
from backing a van into the drive for easy loading.
Careful With Spare Keys
If you leave a spare key
somewhere outside, be creative. Burglars look under flower pots, welcome mats
and on window ledges first.
Leave your outside lights on at night. If your neighborhood is dimly
lit, ask your municipal authorities to add street lights to replace existing bulbs
with those of higher wattage. When youre not at home, leave one or two lamps
on inside your house.
Peepholes with magnifying lenses let you see who is at your
door without opening it. Never leave notes on your door, even if you are at home.
When you are away you may want a neighbor to pick up your paper
and your mail. robbers often check the mail box, 3 or 4 papers in the yard may
indicate the resident is on vacation. Don't put your name on the mail box this
makes it harder for the robber to call 411 for your number, they often call to
see if you are home.
Get involved. Team up with your
neighbors and, form a crime watch program. Your local police can probably help
you get started.