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9 OUT OF 10 HOUSEHOLD
BURGLARIES ARE PREVENTABLE.
COMMON SENSE SAFETY
Did you know that 40% of home invasions occur because
a door or window was left unlocked? Preventing this is easy.
- Lock doors and windows, especially when you're home alone.
- Fix broken locks or windows and install deadbolts on doors
leading to the outdoors.
- Replace all locks immediately upon moving into a new home.
- When purchasing new electronic equipment, don't advertise
it. Break down cartons before discarding in the trash.
- There is a common misconception that keeping the bathroom
light on will keep thieves at bay. Unfortunately, the thieves
also know this trick. Install a timer to makes lights in
other rooms go on and off.
- Make the prospect of robbing your house a noisy job by
installing an alarm. Many different systems are available,
with door and window mount detectors. Once a system
is installed, post the signs the security company provides
so anyone thinking of robbing you will think twice,
- Charge your cell phone overnight in your bedroom so it’s
available in an emergency.
- Consider planting shrubs with nasty thorns under windows
that could be used for easy entry into your home.
- Lock your exterior electrical panel with a sturdy lock
to prevent anyone from cutting your power supply.
GREETING VISITORS SAFELY
Install peepholes in all exterior doors. It's always a good
idea to see who is at the door before opening it.
Request identification from sales or repair people before
letting them into your home. Never leave such persons unsupervised
in your home.
- Burglars are less likely to victimize a house that looks
occupied or is protected by a security system. Here are some
ways to give the appearance that someone is home:
- Keep electrical devices on, Program a timer to automatically
turn your lights, stereo or TV on and off at set periods
during the day or night. Lamp timers cost around $5. Porch
light timers start around $30. Variable timers are also available.
- Ask the Police Department to put your home on “vacation
patrol”. They will drive by and make sure everything is okay
at your home.
- Keep the deliveries coming. Don't stop your mail or newspaper
drops, it signals that you're away. Instead, ask a neighbor
to pick up deliveries for you.
- Keep a car in your driveway. If you are taking your vehicle
on vacation, ask a neighbor to park his or her car in your
- Have someone mow your lawn while you're away.
CASE YOUR PLACE
Think like a thief. Could you enter your home through an unsecured
window or door? How secure is your back gate? Use this list
to determine how safe your home is, and make the necessary
changes. Doing this could be the difference between keeping
your home safe and being the next victim.
AND REMEMBER THIS...
- Confronting a thief in your home is frightening, and never
a good idea.
- Follow this advice:
- Run away if you can and call police.
- Lock yourself in a room if you can't escape.
- If you should find yourself face-to-face with a burglar,
cooperate and stay calm as possible.
- GET INVOLVED!
- Knowing what goes on around you is the key to preventing
crime. Get to know your neighbors. If you see anything suspicious,
call Crime Stop at 602-262-6151. Consider joining Block Watch.
It takes everyone to make our neighborhood a safe place to
live, and YOU CAN HELP.