- Most burglaries happen during the daytimes when many homes are unoccupied.
- Most burglaries start with a suspect knocking on a front door to check if anyone is home. If contacted by a resident, most burglars pretend to be lost or looking for "a friend."
- Sometimes a burglar will pretend to be some sort of worker and will ask the resident to step outside for a few minutes. During this time, the burglar's partner goes inside the home to steal things.
- Most burglars enter the homes from the rear of the residence. Many times the burglar locates unlocked doors or windows.
- Most burglars work in teams of 2-4 people and have a vehicle nearby.
When to Call the Police
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- You notice unknown people lurking in vehicles or on sidewalks
- Try to write down/remember the license plate
- You notice an unknown person knocking on neighborhood doors
- You notice an unknown vehicle parked in a neighbor's driveway
- You believe your home has been broken into
- Do not go inside your home; call the police and wait
- If you are inside your home already, exit immediately and call the police – the suspects may still be inside
- You believe your neighbor's home has been broken into
- Be a good witness – find a safe location from which you can monitor activity at your neighbor's house while on the telephone with the police
Ten Simple Steps to Increased Home Security
- Don't leave your belongings outside in plain sight (including BBQ's, bicycles and gardening equipment). Also, be aware of what is visible inside your home – move valuables out of view or close window shades. Close your garage door.
- Consider putting lights or radios on timers inside your home to give the appearance of it being occupied.
- Invest in a home security system if you can afford one. If you cannot afford a system, put a security sign in your front yard anyway.
- Lock your doors and windows. Consider upgrading to deadbolt locks. Secure sliding doors with a dowel or bar. Install stoppers in windows so they cannot be opened past a safe point.
- Avoid "hiding" a spare key – instead, invest in a combination lockbox to hold the key securely.
- Install motion detecting lights outside of your home.
- Have a neighbor or friend keep an eye on your residence if you are away for a trip. Arrange to have your mail and newspapers held so they don't stack up. Don't "advertise" your absence (updates on social media or your outgoing voicemail message).
- Be cautious with unexpected guests at your front door. If you do not recognize the person, consider not opening the door and telling them to leave. Try to safely (through a window) look at the person and their vehicle while calling the police so you can provide a description. Be leery when people claim to be from a utility company unless you called for service.
- Take an inventory of your property. Take photographs of important items (jewelry, art) and write down serial numbers. Keep these in a safe place so you can provide them to the police in the event your home is burglarized.
- Be alert and if something makes you suspicious, report it!
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