Burglary Prevention

 

Remember, the criminal will prey on the easiest target, so if you improve your security and the neighborhood joins together in an effort to prevent crime, the criminal will most likely go elsewhere.

1. Know your Burglar

Burglars are not the highly skilled and calculating persons you may think they are - most are unskilled. They select their victim at random when the opportunity presents itself.

Many burglars gain entry by an unlocked door or window, or by defeating an inferior or poorly installed locking device.

Most burglaries occur during daylight hours, usually between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM when homes are often vacant. Many burglars, however, strike in the early evening hours when residents are away from home. Burglaries occurring between midnight and 6:00 AM are less frequent, but these burglaries are most dangerous to the victims, because the likelihood of confrontation increases.

 2. Discourage the Burglar from Choosing You

If a burglar believes he will obtain the same results by entering your home as your neighbor's, but the entry will require less force and entail less chance of apprehension, he will choose your home. So make your home appear difficult to enter so that you are less likely to be singled out for attack. An occupied look will discourage most burglars.

 3. Be cautious in conversation

Many burglars depend on information supplied by unwitting victims or others who have information about a particular home or family. Be friendly but suspicious about those who have no need to know about your personal or financial situation. PLAY IT SAFE - DONT ADVERTISE YOUR HOME AS A GOOD PLACE TO BURGLARIZE.

 4. Don't tell a burglar when and where to strike

Classified advertising, social event announcements, and obituaries often tell a burglar when and where to strike. Avoid the use of addresses in classified advertising, announce social events after the fact and leave a house-sitter when attending funerals.

5. Protect your keys and locks

Always separate car and house keys when you leave your car on a lot or in a garage where keys must also be left. It is easy for an attendant to make a duplicate of your residence key and obtain your address from your license number.

Don’t give keys to workmen regardless of how long they will be working in your home. Ask a neighbor to let them in and then relock your home in your absence.

Never leave keys under mats, in the mailbox, or on a ledge above your door. Burglars know all the hiding places.

Don’t leave identification on your key ring. If it is lost the finder will be able to trace it to your home. If a key is lost and there is a chance the finder will know where you live, change the lock tumblers.

Always change exterior tumblers when you move into a new home. Throw away the old keys along with the worry about who might have duplicates.

6. Don't leave messages on your door

Messages left on your door tell a burglar that you're out and also when to expect your return. Ask friends not to leave notes on your door and pay them the same courtesy.

7. Don’t let a small mailbox give you away

If the mailbox is overflowing there's a good chance you're out. Burgers know this. Get a mailbox large enough to hold an entire day's mail. Mail slots in your door offer even better protection.

8. Keep your garage door closed.

An empty garage means someone's not at home. Keep the garage door closed and cover garage windows to keep the burglar guessing.

 9. Don’t let packages give you away

Don't have merchandise delivered when you're not at home to receive it. A package on your doorstep is an invitation to a petty thief and a sign to a burglar that you're out. Advertisements hanging on your door are also giveaways. Ask a neighbor to remove them until your return.

10. Give your house a lived in look when you’re going to be out of town

Have a friend shovel the snow, rake the leaves, and cut the grass when you are away for long periods of time.

11. Leave air conditioners on

A closed up home on a hot day is a dead giveaway. Leave your air conditioner on when you're going out for a short while. The house will look occupied.

12. Leave the lawn Sprinkler on.

Use a water timer or leave the sprinkler on when you plan to be out for a short while. A law being watered gives a lived-in look.

13. Hide your Garbage cans when you're on vacation.

Empty garbage cans when others in the neighborhood have full cans is a tip to the burglar that no one's home. Put your garbage cans in your basement or storage she while you're away, or asks a neighbor to use them occasionally

14. Light up the outside

Good exterior lighting is important, particularly when the yard area is obscured by high non-removable shrubbery. The best location for outside lights is under the eaves. Inexpensive electric timers or electric photo-cells or passive infrared sensors will automatically turn light off and on.

15. Use electric timers for lights and radio

Use enough timers to create a normal lighting pattern. A lonesome parlor or porch light invites trouble. If only one light is left on, use the living room. The illumination coming from this source is sufficient to silhouette an intruder through many windows in the home. It is also confusing to a burglar, who won't know whether you’re away or at home asleep on the sofa.

16. Mix up shades or blinds

Don't leave all blinds or shades in one position. Study them when you're at home and leave them that way when you leave. The best idea is to mix them up to give a lived-in appearance.

17. Ask your neighbor to be nosy

Nosy neighbors scare away more burglars than police patrols. Ask your neighbors to watch your house in your absence. If they have a second car, ask them to park it in your driveway. Do the same for them

 18. Don’t give an intruder a place to hide

Shrubbery should never block the view of your front door. It should be kept trimmed back to window sill level.

 19. Frighten the burglar.

Burglars hate noise, and barking dogs frighten them quicker than almost anything else. It’s the bark, not the dog's size that counts in most instances.

 20. Personalize your property

Marked property is worthless to most burglars. Participates in your police department’s operation identification. You can borrow a marking tool from your police retreatment. Advertise the fact that your valuables are marked using decals furnished in the operation identification program.

 21. Protect your credit cards.

 Destroy useless credit cards; carry only those cards that you absolutely need while you're out. Keep a record of all card numbers and notify the company as soon as possible if a card is lost or stolen.

 22. Use a safe despot box.

Keep valuable papers, seldom used jewelry and coins, etc. in a safe deposit box. That way, if your home is burglarized, the loss will be kept to a minimum.

 23. Don't give the burglar the tools to do his job

Keep ladders and tools where they belong - out of sight and locked

 24. Be wary of strangers

If strangers in the neighborhood arouse your suspicions, notify the police. If you see a suspicious vehicle, jot down the tag number if possible. Note the description of any suspicious person so that you can aid police in the event he or she disappears before they arrive. DO NOT directly approach or challenge the stranger or a vehicle. DO NOT PLACE YOURSELF IN DANGER

 25. BE COOL IF YOU CONFRONT A BURGLAR

If you confront a burglar, play it cool, don't try to stop him. Flee and seek help. Return to your home only after police have arrived. Remember the reaction of a burglar caught in the act is unpredictable. A few stolen items are a small price to pay when compared to injury to you or your family.

 26. Don't enter a burglarized home

If you discover your home has been burglarized, call the police immediately from a neighbor's home. Don't touch anything. Cooperate with the investigator in every way possible so that a thorough investigation can be made and the burglar can be apprehended

 27. Harden the burglar's target

Follow these tips and target-hardening suggestions by giving your home a security survey. If you need any additional information on security hardware, contact your police department's crime prevention unit or your local locksmith

 Begin your home security check with the front door and work clockwise around the entire inside of the house. Include all doors and windows, finishing with the backyard, fencing and shrubs, gates and garage

 MINIMUMS ECURITY MEANS THE PREVENTION OF ENTRY THROUGH ANY DOOR OR WINDOW EXCEPT BY MEANS OF DESTRUCTIVE FORCE. Most burglars will not break a window to enter.

 ADDITIONAL SECURITY MEANS THE PREVENTION OF EXIT BY AN INTRUDER THROUGH ANY DOOR EXCEPT BY MEANS OF DESTRIVE FORCE. This reduces the possibility of theft of large household possessions, because most burglars will not want to break a door to get out.

 

Online Security

Online security is an extremely in-depth topic. There are thousands of books, webpages and articles written on the topic. We cannot provide all the information from a full spectrum perspective on this website. However, we hope the below links will be useful in safe guarding you're online activity.

 

US-CERT

Internet Crime Prevention

Securities Fraud and Awareness

 

 

Firearms Security

    1. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
    2. Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use.
    3. Don't rely on your gun's safety.
    4. Be sure of your target and what's beyond it.
    5. Use proper ammunition.
    6. If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care.
    7. Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.
    8. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting.
    9. Don't alter or modify your gun and have it serviced regularly.
    10. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using.

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Resources for Child Safety

FBI's Kid's Safety

Safe Kids World Wide

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