Keep your home safe
Whether you're home or away on
vacation, a few simple precautions can
make your home less attractive to
- Be sure your outdoor lighting
illuminates all entrances to your
- Cut back shrubbery to discourage
burglars from hiding near window and
- Keep windows and doors locked at
all times. Make certain your garage
door is closed and locked.
- Install a peephole in your front
- Windows and sliding glass doors
should be secured with auxiliary
locks. Special door pins, available
at home improvement stores, can
prevent your sliding doors from
being lifted from their tracks
during a burglary attempt.
- Deadbolt locks should be used on
all exterior doors (single or double
cylinder with a minimum one inch
throw is recommended).
- Never hide or store keys or
For a home security inspection,
contact your local police department.
When you're away from home for
extended periods, be sure to take the
- Let trusted friends and
neighbors know that you'll be away.
- Make your home appear occupied.
Attach timers to lights and
television sets and set them to turn
on and off at different times.
- Have your newspaper and mail
held, or picked up by a friend or
- Disconnect automatic garage door
- Open some of the drapes or
blinds on your windows. During
daytime hours, it gives the
appearance that someone is home, and
during the evening, lights inside
the house are more visible.
Many jurisdictions offer a free
Vacation Home Watch program. Officers
will drive by unoccupied residences and
perform a daily perimeter check for
signs of break-in or suspicious
To participate, call or stop by your
local Police Department. You must
provide the dates and times your home
will be unoccupied with a contact phone
number of a trusted neighbor or local
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