1-Install deadbolt locks on exterior doors. The cylinder should be pick
resistant. Lock the doors every time you leave, even if you will only be gone a
short time. In most burglaries, there is no forced entry.
2-Install solid doors. Outside doors should be metal or solid hardwood with a
thickness of 1 3/4 inches. Frames must be made of equally strong material and
each door must fit its frame securely.
3-Keep garage doors closed and locked.
4-Secure sliding doors and windows. Use wooden dowels or drill holes and
place a screw or nail in the frame.
5-Mark your property. Mark your valuables with an engraver by placing you
name on the item. Marking your property serves as a deterrent to would-be
burglars. It also aids law enforcement in identifying and returning your property.
Make a property list of items you own. Write down serial numbers, the make,
model and color of the property. Keep your property list in a secure place.
6-Do not keep large amounts of cash in your home. If you do have money in
your home, find a secure hiding place. Most people leave money in their
drawers and this is one of the first places a burglar will look.
7-Purchase a burglar alarm. A home alarm system can be a very effective
8-Leave and interior light on. Make it look as though someone is home. A lot of
burglaries happen within the first two hours after it gets dark. A burglar will ride
around and see that there are no lights on and know that nobody is home. If
you are going on a trip or not going to be home at night, use a timer to turn on
a lamp at a specified time.
9-Close drapes and blinds. This make it harder for a burglar to see in your
10-Use exterior lighting. Motion lights are recommended.
11-Neighborhood watch. When you are going to be away from your home, tell
a trusted neighbor. Have them watch your property. Keep shrubbery trimmed
so it does not obstruct the view of the doors and windows. If you are going to
be away for an extended period of time, have someone pick up your mail and
12-If any suspicious people or activity is seen in your neighborhood, please
contact law enforcement. Most of the time you will know if something is not
quite right in your neighborhood.
13-If you arrive at your home and find that you are a victim of a burglary,
please do not touch anything. By leaving the crime scene untouched, you will
greatly increase the chance that law enforcement may find evidence that will
help in catching the burglar.
When you are going to be away from home for an extended period of time,
contact your local law enforcement agency. Have them conduct security
checks or your property.
Capt. G. Larsen