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A burglary is reported every 15 seconds in emergency personnel can find your
the United States. The U.S. Department of home quickly.
Justice defines household burglary as Windows have latches and not
“unlawful entry or attempted entry of a locks, therefore, install secondary
residence.” This crime usually, but not
locking devices on all windows. Alarm Systems
always, involves theft. Of all the major
criminal offenses, residential burglary is the Exterior and Land- Choose a reputable, well estab-
most common. By following these simple scape lished company.
steps, you can reduce the possibility that
your home will be targeted. Learn how to use your alarm sys-
Install lights in areas around doors, tem properly to reduce false alarms.
walkways, and driveways. Fines can be assessed for exces-
Doors and Windows sive false alarms.
Locate outside lights high and out
All exterior doors should be solid of reach. Do not write your alarm code/
core or of metal construction. password on or near the alarm
Use inexpensive timers or photo keypad.
All entry doors should be equipped electric cells to automatically turn
with a good quality deadbolt lock the lights on and off at dusk and Put a warning sign on windows and
having a minimum of a one inch dawn. entrances.
Trim shrubbery and trees so doors Make sure your alarm call back list
A good quality double cylinder and windows are visible from the is always up to date.
deadbolt lock should be used if street.
there is glass within 40 inches of Additional Information
the lock. If there is a second floor, prune the
trees so that a thief cannot use
If using a double cylinder deadbolt them to reach a second floor win- Acknowledge all callers through
lock, make sure a key is readily dow. locked doors.
accessible in case of an emer-
gency. To discourage an intruder, plant Keep doors, windows and garage
thorny hostile plants along fences doors closed and locked even when
Use a heavy duty strike plate se- and near windows. A good fence at home.
cured with number 12 gauge three- should not block visibility.
inch wood screws. Before moving into a new house or
Do not leave ladders or tools out- apartment, re-key or change the
All exit doors with outside hinges side, they can assist a person in locks on all exterior doors, also
should have their hinges pinned. gaining entry. change the code to your garage
Install a peephole with at least a Gates on fenced yards should be
180-degree viewing area. locked with good quality padlocks. Draw all curtains or shades at night
to prevent viewing from the street.
Secure all sliding glass doors with Install large reflective numbers
an anti-lifting device and a secon- (minimum 3 inches) on your house Never leave a house key in an obvi-
dary locking device. and mailbox so police and other ous place such as a mailbox, under