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* Sliding glass doors are the most vulnerable area of your home. Keep them locked when you go out. It is strongly recommended that you add an aftermarket lock to your sliding glass doors.
* A great percentage of home burglaries involve stolen jewelry and cash. Seasoned thieves attempt to enter your home by the simplest way possible, proceed to the master suite and quickly remove these valuables. The total time a burglar spends in your home may be less than one minute! Almost everyone stores jewelry and cash in the master bedroom or master bath. Simply storing valuables in another area of the home greatly reduces the chances it will be stolen. In the kitchen, fake soda cans, chip bags, cereal boxes, etc. are all places that are not likely to be examined by a thief in a hurry. Pockets of clothing in a spare bedroom are also time consuming places to search.
* Be alert for things that are out of order in your neighborhood. Is there a different pool company next door? A man in worker's clothes with a clipboard down the street? Have you noticed a landscaper's routine has changed? Criminals often try to blend in and draw as little attention as possible. If something seems unusual, contact your local law enforcement agency and let them know what is going on. If the suspect feels he or she is being observed, they will often move on to find an easier mark. Get to know your neighbors, and keep an eye on things for each other.
* If you will be relaxing in the back of your home, remember to close your garage door, and secure other doors to your home that are not easily monitored.
* Keep your car locked and valuables hidden, even in your driveway. Many homes are entered by using the garage door opener left in an unlocked car.
* When you leave your home for a long period, be sure to create the illusion that someone is home. You can put your lights on timers, leave a television on, or have a friend or family member stay at your home while you are away
* Check to see if all of your doors have good, updated locks that work properly. If not, replace them immediately.
* Install a peephole in your front door so you can see who is outside before letting them in.
* Never leave extra keys or garage door openers under doormats, in mailboxes, or on top of the doorframe. Instead, leave an extra key with a close friend, neighbor, or family member who you trust.
* You can make any windows or sliding glass doors extra secure by laying a piece of wood or metal along the bottom track, preventing the window or door from opening from the outside.
* Always keep garage doors shut.
* You should keep you blinds and drapes shut. Don't advertise the items in your home for the outside world.
* Store expensive jewelry, electronics, and important documents in a safe at home or even better, a safe deposit box at your local bank.
* Never leave a note on the door when you are away from home. This is a clear signal that no one is home, and a nice invitation for any criminal to come inside.
* When you are away for extended periods, ask a neighbor or family member to collect your mail, newspapers, and any deliveries you may have collected. This is a clear indicator that no one is home.
|Last Updated on Monday, 21 December 2009 16:04|