7 DO’s AND DON’Ts TO HELP PREVENT HOME INVASIONS AND BURGLARIES
|(07/12/2012) JOHN WILLIAMS CENTRAL STATION MANAGER ALARMCO, INC|
Regardless of whether you have an alarm system or not there are steps that you should take to lessen the chances of becoming a victim of a burglary or home invasion. Many of those things are not very difficult to achieve.
Make sure that all your doors and windows are properly secured. You would be surprised how often our security officers find unlocked doors or windows while doing perimeter checks. Spending an extra few minutes double checking things can make all the difference in the world.
Take a look at the locks on your doors and windows too. Entry doors to homes should have double sided deadbolts on them, especially if they have glass in the door or frame of the door. Sometimes burglars will break the glass and reach through to unlock the door. Sliding doors are particularly vulnerable too. Most do not have locks on them that are adequate to keep an intruder out and a lot of times the stationary panel of the sliding door can be lifted right out of the frame while the door is still locked. Doggie doors are also a point of entry used by some burglars. If you have one make sure that it is always secured when you are away and when you are sleeping.
Keep bushes neat and trimmed around the doors and windows. The idea is to make the burglar as visible and as uncomfortable as possible if they do try to break in. With any luck they will decide to go somewhere else.
Illuminate all points of entry around the property at night. The point again is to make the burglar uncomfortable. If they know that there is a chance they will be seen maybe they will go somewhere else.
Open your door for people that you are not expecting or you do not know. Many home invasions begin when a person you don’t know comes to the door claiming to be a salesmen or representative of a charity. If you let them inside before you have verified their identity you run the risk of being robbed or worse. Always know who you are opening your door for. Even full grown adults should be very cautious about opening their door to strangers. Check their identification first through the window. Make a phone call to verify their identity first but do not let them in until you are absolutely certain that it is safe.
Keep your garage door opener in your car parked outside. Burglars can break into your car and then use it to get into your house too.
Leave keys under door mats or potted plants. Even if they are stupid enough to break in they are probably smart enough to figure that one out.
There are hundreds of ways that a predator can take advantage of you. There are also hundreds of ways to help protect you and your family from the predators. Click on the STAY AHEAD OF THE CRIME link on our homepage to see more articles about how to keep you and your loved ones safe from home invasions and burglaries.
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