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Home Safety

Protect Your Home

  • Install good deadbolt locks in your doors, and avoid locks that can be manipulated by breaking glass to reach inside.
  • Install a peephole viewer in the front door.
  • Trim back shrubbery that hides doors or windows, and trim tree limbs that lead to the second story.
  • Lock all doors and windows. Sliding doors may be secured by dropping a broomstick into the inside track.
  • Demand credentials before admitting salesmen or repairmen.
  • When strangers ask to use the phone, do not permit them to enter, place the call for them.
  • Teach your children how to answer the door and the phone if they are home alone. Also practice emergency telephoning with them.
  • Report strangers or suspicious activities to the police.
  • When you move into a new home or apartment have all exterior locks changed. Previous tenants may still have keys.
  • Request a security survey by the police/sheriff. Check with the local agency regarding the neighborhood.
  • Don't leave a key under the doormat or in "hiding places", and don't leave notes.
  • Use last name and initial only on the mailbox and in the phone book or invent a roommate.
  • Always request to see ID from people you do not know.
  • Never open the door to strangers.
  • Don't contribute to surveys.
  • Window shades should be drawn after dark.
  • Be cautious in laundry rooms or public laundromats - take care not to be there alone.
  • Check elevators before you get on. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, do not get on.
  • If you are on an elevator and someone suspicious gets on, leave the elevator.

When Going On Vacation

  • When going away on vacation stop newspaper and mail delivery.
  • Put lights on a time delay switch so that the lights will come on in the evening hours.
  • Inform trusted neighbors that you will be away from your home. Ask them to check the house while you are gone.
  • If you see suspicious activity stay at a safe distance and get a good description of the person and/or vehicle and license plate number if possible. Contact your local law enforcement agency with this information as soon as possible.
Keep An Inventory Of Your Valuables
  • If you are the victim of a burglary, it always helps to have a detailed inventory of your valuables on hand.
  • Take some time to record the manufacturers, models, model numbers, and serial numbers of items like your television, stereo, VCR, computer, cameras, firearms, and any other valuable articles around the house.
  • Take photos of items like jewelry, art, and antiques.
  • Put your inventory and pictures in a safe place.....just in case.
  • Children's bicycles are often stolen. Having the serial number of your child's bike on hand can help with later recovery and identification.
  • If you can supply police with serial numbers, information about your stolen property will be entered into the National Crime Information Center's stolen property database.
  • Recording all of the above information will help the police identify and hopefully return your property.

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program which is combines the active participation of citizens and local law enforcement to reduce crime in their communities. Networks of neighbors are trained by crime prevention officers on how to protect themselves and their property, as well as how to serve effectively as additional eyes and ears for law enforcement agencies in their communities.

It involves:
  • Neighbors getting to know each other and working together in a program of mutual assistance.
  • Citizens being trained to recognize and report suspicious and criminal activities in their neighborhood such as burglary, larceny, vandalism, and littering.
  • Implementation of crime prevention techniques such as home security, suspect information and Operation Identification.

Neighborhood Watch