Did you know that in almost half of all completed residential burglaries, thieves simply entered through unlocked doors or crawled through unlocked windows?
- All outside doors should be metal, metal clad or solid wood.
- Install a peephole in all entry doors so you can see who is outside without opening the door.
- Make sure every external door has a sturdy, well-installed, one-inch throw, dead bolt lock. Key-in-the-knob locks along are not enough.
- Secure sliding glass doors with commercially available locks or placing a broomstick or dowel in the inside track to jam the door.
- Give an extra key to a neighbor you trust. Don’t leave a key under the doormat.
- When you move into a new house or apartment, re-key the locks.
- Keep the garage door closed and locked and always lock the connecting door to your home.
- Install outside lights and keep them on at night.
- Keep your yard clean – prune back shrubbery so it doesn’t hide doors or windows.
- Clearly display your house number so police and other emergency vehicles can find your home quickly.
- Create the illusion that you’re home by setting some timers that will turn your lights on and off in different areas of your house throughout the evening.
- Don’t leave ladders or tools outside that a burglar could use to gain entry.
- Never leave a message on your answering machine that indicates you may be away from home. Rather than saying “I’m not home right now” say, “I’m not available right now”.
- Don’t leave boxes advertising a new purchase out by your curb. The box from that new television serves as an advertisement for a would-be-burglar.
When was the last time you took a good look at your address numbers mounted on your residence? The numbers placed on your residence are the main way that emergency service personnel can locate you in the event of any emergency. Seconds do count and easy identification is very important in a lifesaving situation. Maybe today is the day to visually inspect that important part of your life.
- Stand out in the street and walk your property, can you quickly and easily identify your address?
- As time goes by trees and bushes grow to the point where these numbers are no longer visible from the road.
- Have you purchased a vehicle that you park in the driveway and it blocks the line of sight to the address numbers?
- Did you remodel and add a new coat of paint on the exterior? Do the numbers contrast against the body of the house?
- Are the numbers in a peculiar spot that is not illuminated or not in a point of easy identification?
- Have you replaced the numbers with a new look from the original design? Are the numbers the proper size and character?
- Look at your neighbors and do the same, you may save them in the event of an emergency.
"Address numbers. New and existing buildings shall have approved address numbers, building numbers or approved building identification placed in a position that is plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. These numbers shall contrast with their background. Address numbers shall be Arabic numerals or alphabet letters. Numbers shall be a minimum of 5 inches (127 mm) high with a minimum stroke width of .5 inch (12.7 mm). All street addresses shall be within 25 feet (7,620 mm) of the street in an approved location if the structure or residence is more than 150 feet (45,720 mm) from a road."
- Put valuable items in the trunk if possible.
- Park in a well-lighted area. If you park in a garage, make sure to close and lock the garage door.
- Don’t hide a key in or on your car.
- When parking in attended lots or parking garages, leave only the ignition key with the attendant. Never leave a key ring with the key that has your name, address or telephone number.
- Don’t leave your registration, insurance card or any other important identification papers in the car.
- Never leave your vehicle running while it is unattended.
- If you park your vehicle on the street, always park with the wheels turned toward the curb.
- Make it a habit periodically to check your license plates and registration tags.