Burglary Protection

Small actions make a big difference when it comes to preventing a burglary, so it’s important homeowners take action to protect themselves, family, and their property. Here are some tips to help homeowners protect their homes, not just in the summer, but year-round.

  1. Don’t leave the garage door remote in your vehicle – If a thief breaks into your car and steals the remote, he has a way into your home.

  2. Lock your car when it’s in the driveway or on the street – If a thief tries to get into your vehicle and it’s locked, most likely they will move right along.

  3. Don’t leave your purse, wallet, or credit cards out where people can see them through windows and doors. Be careful about telling people that you have cash or valuables in your home, or that you just got a new TV, stereo, computer or laptop. Cash and electronic gadgets, along with tools, home furnishings, building supplies, bikes and jewelry are most often taken in home burglaries.

  4. If you get a new electronic device or TV, be sure the box is hidden in your recycle or trash bin. Leaving an empty box exposed makes it easy for burglars or thieves to know what you have in your home.

  5. Don’t leave your garage door open - Leaving it open just invites someone to pop their head in and grab something.

  6. Keep it locked - Put a deadbolt on the door between your house and garage to secure the intruder from getting into your home and make sure to keep it locked when you are away.

  7. Frost or cover your garage windows - Don’t do thieves any favors by enabling them to see when your vehicle is gone, a better idea would be to replace the door with one that lacks windows.

  8. Never tell someone or post on social media that you are leaving for an appointment, or that you will be gone for a few days. Whether they come to the door, call you on the phone or you talk with them when you are out in public, it’s none of their business. Posting this on social media makes your home an easy target.

  9. Look out for your neighbors – Be aware and cautious on what is going on in your neighborhood.

If you see something suspicious in your neighborhood call the non-emergency police number at (515) 265-1444.