BURGLARY PREVENTION FOR YOUR HOME

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					plants or a doormat.
                                            Emergency 9-1-1
When traveling, keep your home            Police Non-Emergency
looking lived-in by having grass cut,          713-884-3131
mail and newspapers picked up,
and lights turned on and off.
                                          For General Information, Contact
                                                                              BURGLARY
Keep a current inventory of all your
valuables. Include photos or video,
                                              Your Local Police Station
                                               (Numbers Provided Below)
                                                                             PREVENTION
descriptions, and serial numbers of
all electronic equipment.                               or                    FOR YOUR
                                              Contact Public Affairs at
Engrave valuables with your Texas
drivers license number or other
                                                  713-308-3200                  HOME
identifying number. It is not recom-
mended to put your social security             For more information, visit
number on your valuables. In the                www.houstonpolice.org
event your home is burglarized, this
will help police identify the property
if it is recovered. Engraving prop-      HOUSTON POLICE STATIONS
erty can also help with insurance
claims.
Secure cash and jewelry in bonded        Airport-Bush        281-230-6800
storage.                                 Airport-Hobby       713-845-6800
                                         Central             713-247-4400
    Getting Involved                     Clear Lake          281-218-3800
Know who belongs in your                 Eastside            713-928-4600
neighborhood. Report suspicious
persons immediately.                     Fondren             713-773-7900
                                         Kingwood            281-913-4500
Be alert in protecting not only your
home but your neighbors as well.         Midwest             832-394-1200
Don’t tell a stranger that your
                                         North               281-405-5300
neighbor is not at home or volun-        Northeast           713-635-0200
teer any personal information about      Northwest           713-744-0900
your neighbor.
                                         South Central       832-394-0200
Never leave notes on your door that      Southeast           713-731-5000     Houston Police
reveal that your home is not occu-
pied.                                    Southwest           713-314-3900      Department
Join a neighborhood watch group.         Special Ops.        832-394-0000
If there is not one in your neighbor-    Westside            281-584-4700
hood start one.
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.
throw.
                                                 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
                                                                                         door opener.
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

				
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