Complete the Burglary Prevention Checklist to see if you are protected.
Things to Do
Things to Do
- Alarms: Many types of alarm systems work well to protect homes. The system should be individually tailored to suit the needs of the residents. Consult your crime prevention officer.
- Exterior Doors: Install solid-core wood doors with rugged frames that cannot be spread apart with a pry bar. A single cylinder deadbolt with a 1 inch throw, in addition to the key-in-the-knob lock, is essential. Use a wide angle viewer to observe visitors.
- Exterior Lighting: A 40 watt light at each entrance, including the garage, will provide you with both safety and security and will not be wasting our nation's energy when used in conjunction with a timer or sensor.
- Garage Doors: Always keep them closed and locked. A burglar in your garage has access to tools and ladders and can often work on your home undetected.
- Interior Lighting: When you are away from home, keep some interior lights on. This creates the appearance that someone is home. Use a timer to turn the lights off and on at normal hours. A radio playing adds to the illusion that the home is occupied.
- Landscaping: Shrubs that provide you with privacy also give a burglar a place to hide. Prune bushes down to 2 feet or trim trees up at least 4 feet.
- Windows: Windows should have auxiliary locking devices. Keep your windows closed and locked when you are away. Screens and storm windows should be securely fastened to the structure.