Neighborhood burglaries cost
residents millions of dollars per year in loss of property alone.
1. Install a deadbolt lock.
Deadbolts are usually locked with a key from the outside and a thumb
turn on the inside. The cylinder should be pick resistant. Lock your
doors every time you leave the house, even if you're leaving for just a
few minutes during the day. The most popular times for residential
burglaries are weekday daylight hours. In over 1/3 of burglaries, there
is no forcible entry--someone forgot to lock the doors.
2. Install solid doors.
Outside doors should be metal or solid hardwood and at least 1 3/4
inches thick. 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.
Cut a broom handle to the length of the bottom track so that the window
or door will not slide open when forced. Also, drill one hole through
both casings and sliding window and insert a nail or pin.
5. Secure sash windows.
To prevent wooden sash windows from being pried open, drill a downward
sloping hole into the top of the bottom window through and into the
bottom of the top window and insert a pin or nail.
To prevent aluminum sash windows from being broken into, purchase a
track lock that blocks the window track.
6. Mark your property.
Mark your valuables with an engraver. Marking your property serves as a
deterrent to would-be burglars and it helps police in identifying and
returning stolen property. Make a property identification list. Put
warning stickers on doors and windows.
7. Purchase a burglar alarm.
A home alarm system can be a very effective burglary deterrent and fit
into many people's needs. Remember to test your system monthly.
8. Leave a light on.
When leaving on trips, leave a light on in the bathroom. In the
bedroom, attach a lamp and radio to a 24-hour electric timer set to go
on at dusk and off at your bedtime. Close bedroom drapes or blinds.
9. Use proper exterior lighting.
Place a light over every door. Double cones lights on each corner of
the house will also light up windows.
10. Work together with your neighbors.
When you are going to be away, tell trusted neighbors and ask them to
watch your property. Have neighbors maintain your yard. When on
vacation, have someone cut grass. Shrubbery should not hide neighbors'
view of windows or doors. Have someone pick up newspapers and mail.
Tell neighbors to call police if they notice anything suspicious.