Security for the Holidays
25, 2006 by Cpl.
With the holiday season here it is important to keep in mind some
basic safety tips to make your home a less likely target for a burglary.
are some ways burglars get into your home:
windows and doors unlocked when not at home.
arming security systems.
garage and basement doors unlocked.
windows open at night.
to make your home look occupied when you're not at home.
are some things you can do to make your home a less likely target for burglaries:
your doors locked and be sure your locks are in good working order.
you have a security system, use it!
your garage is attached to the house, keep the door entering your house locked.
Don't rely on the garage door to keep a burglar out.
your windows locked and make sure these locks are in working order.
away from your house give it the same appearance as if you were home.
variable timers on lights when away.
a trusted neighbor, friend, or relative pick up your paper or mail if you are
going to be gone for an extended period of time.
leave a message on your answering machine saying you're out of town.
placing your Christmas tree away from windows. This makes it difficult for a burglar
to break out a window and grab your gifts.
you see anyone acting suspiciously in your neighborhood or by a neighbor's house,
be sure to phone your local police and have them check the person out.
joining a Neighborhood Watch
Program as a means of preventing crime and getting to know your neighbors.
after the holidays, don't put boxes from your DVD player, stereo, etc. out by
the trash. Thieves can do their shopping from the street to know what you have
in your home. It would be advisable to cut the boxes up and put them in a trash