Home Crime Prevention Tips
- Demand credentials before admitting salesmen or repairmen into your home.
- Don't leave house keys hidden outside. Most hiding spots are obvious.
- Don't leave out ladders that can be used to reach a high window.
- Have a mailbox large enough to conceal mail. Uncollected mail is an invitation to a thief and suggests that no one is home.
- If a stranger asks to use your telephone, do not permit him to enter. Place the call for him.
- If children are home alone, teach them how to answer the door and telephone, and practice emergency telephoning with them.
- Install a peephole viewer.
- Install good deadbolt locks on your doors and avoid locks that can be manipulated by breaking glass to reach inside.
- Lock all doors and windows.
- Remember good visibility will discourage a potential burglar, so have lighting with timers inside and at all doorways.
- Report strangers or suspicious activities to the police.
- Trim back shrubbery that hides doors or windows, and trim tree limbs that could provide access to a second story.
- When you are away, ask a trusted neighbor to maintain your day to day routine.
Ask the Police Department to help you and your neighbors organize a Neighborhood Watch group. As a group, you can increase the safety of your block or street.