One of the crimes most frequently reported to the police during the holidays is residential burglary
It’s also the most preventable. It doesn’t take much or cost much to out-smart most burglars. They’re usually not professionals, but rather people taking advantage of an easy target. Burglars may do more than steal things. If they’re surprised by someone coming home or if they choose a home that’s occupied, someone may get hurt.
Tips on Safeguarding Your Home
- Make sure all exterior doors have good locks-at least dead-bolt locks with a 1″ throw.
- Always lock up when you go out, even if only for a few minutes.
- Secure sliding glass doors with bars or locks, or put a broom handle in the door track.
- Make sure your windows have good locks, especially those at ground level.
- Make sure all porches, entrances, and outside areas are well lit.
- Trim any bushes or trees that hide doors or windows.
- Maintain your yard and keep ladders and tools inside when you’re not using them.
- Don’t hide your keys under the doormat or in a flowerpot. That’s the first place burglars look! It’s much better to give an extra key to a trusted neighbor.
- Mark your valuable property like TVs, VCRs, computers, cameras and stereos with your driver’s license number.
- Keep a record of your property in a safe place.
- Install an alarm system for summoning emergency help.
- If you park your car outside, never leave a garage door opener in the car.
- Install a monitoring device such as a Ring Video Doorbell or Chime Doorbell. Easy to spot cameras are also a good choice.
When you go away
- Ask a neighbor to collect your mail and newspapers, and offer to return the favor.
- Put an automatic timer on at least two lights and a radio. Consider photoelectric sensors to turn outside lights on and off automatically.
- Tell a trusted neighbor when you’re leaving and when you’ll return. Include an itinerary and phone numbers where you can be reached in an emergency.