Burglary Crime Prevention Tips
More than half of all burglars enter homes through an open door or window. They know howeasy it can be to break into many houses. That’s why burglars usually spend less than two minutes trying to get a door or window open before giving up and looking for an easier target.
Here are some simple tips for safeguarding your home:
- ALARMS: If you have an alarm, please use it when out of the home.
- LOCKS: LOCK ALL DOORS and WINDOWS when not at home, even if you are just out running a short errand.
- WINDOW COVERINGS: Leave your curtains slightly parted. Curtains or drapes that are fully closed give the home an unoccupied look.
- LIGHTING: PUT LIGHTS and a RADIO (talk station) on TIMERS. Stagger the times they go on and off while you are away. This gives a home the looks and sounds that someone is at home.
- KEYS: DO NOT hide a key outside of the home. This is the first place thieves look.
- MAIL & OTHER DELIVERIES: Have your mail held at the Post Office if you are going out of town for vacation, etc. Ask a friend or neighbor to pick up your mail during the day if possible. A FULL MAILBOX MAKES IT CLEAR TO BURGLARS THAT NO ONE IS HOME. Ask a friend or neighbor to pick up any newspapers or packages while you are out or away.
- DRIVEWAYS: If possible, leave a car parked in the driveway (yours or a neighbors) to give the home an occupied look. CLOSE & LOCK GARAGE DOORS.
- VALUABLES: Move all jewelry and other valuables from the bedroom area to another secure location in the home or use a safe deposit box. Inventory and photograph all your valuables and jewelry. Include descriptions of valuables and serial numbers.
- Report all suspicious activities, persons and vehicles to the Police immediately by calling 9 – 1 –1.
For more Crime Prevention Information, contact Officer Joe Conover,Crime Prevention Unit at 267-536-1075, or contact us at the Abington Police web site.
In Emergencies Dial 9 – 1 - 1