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Home Burglaries – Invading Your Castle

Friday, 04 March 2005 12:00 AM

So, what can you do to reduce your risk of having your home burglarized? Here are some superb ideas suggested by National Crime Prevention Council, Burglary Prevention Council, as well as law enforcement professionals:

1. Always be sure to lock your doors and windows, even if you will be gone for just a few minutes. Remember that an unsecured door, window or patio is an open invitation for crooks to enter your home.

2. Never leave your house key under a doormat, in a flowerpot or on the ledge of a door or window. Yes, burglars are well aware of these so-called hiding places. If you think you need an extra key, consider giving one to a trusted neighbor.

It is also recommended that all your exterior doors should be made of solid core wood or metal and have a good quality deadbolt lock with at least a 1 inch "throw" extending into the door's frame.

Also be sure to install a wide-angle peephole (180 degrees) in all entry doors so you can see who is outside without opening the door (please do not rely on door chains, as most can be easily broken). In addition, your windows should have the proper locking devices installed.

3. Entering a home through the sliding glass doors is a favorite of many burglars. So be sure to correctly secure your sliding glass doors.

4. It is common to see garage doors left open. Please do not do this – even if you are home. Also, it is smart to keep the door to an attached garage locked.

5. Criminals hate bright lights! It is intensely important to keep the exterior of your home well lit all night.

6. It is a clever idea to make your home look occupied even when it's not. Consider using timers that will randomly turn on and off your lights, TV or radio (tuned to a "talk" rather than a music station), so that it appears someone is home while you are away. If you expect to be gone for more than a day or so, it may be a good idea to have a trusted neighbor pick up your newspaper and mail so that they don't pile up.

7. Make a list of your valuables and record their serial numbers. You may also want to photograph or videotape these items. Consider engraving a personal ID number, such as your driver's license number, on certain valuables.

8. Keep your shrubbery pruned and trimmed so that it does not conceal doors and windows. Remember, improperly kept foliage provides a great hiding place for criminals trying to break into your home.

9. Never leave a message on your answering machine telling callers that you are away from home or are on vacation.

10. Consider purchasing a quality home alarm for enhanced home protection. If you do decide to get a home alarm system, please take the time to learn how to properly operate it to reduce your incidents of false alarms.

For more information on preventing home break-ins, log on to the National Crime Prevention Council's Web site at www.ncpc.org.

Did you know most law enforcement agencies will give your home a free, unbiased home security inspection? It's true. Just call your local police department or sheriff's office and ask to speak to their crime prevention officer. They will be happy to assist you.

HOME SECURITY ALERT: If you come home and you see a broken window, an open door or other evidence of a break-in, DO NOT ENTER YOUR RESIDENCE. Go to a trusted neighbor's home or to a safe area and immediately call the police.

(Note: If you manufacture or distribute any Security, Safety, Emergency Preparedness or Crime Prevention related products, please send information on your product line for possible future reference in this column to: CrimePrevention123@yahoo.com.)

Copyright 2005 by Bruce Mandelblit

"Staying Safe" with Bruce Mandelblit is a regular column for the readers of NewsMax.com and NewsMax.com Magazine. Bruce welcomes your thoughts. His e-mail address is: CrimePrevention123@yahoo.com.

Bruce is a nationally known security journalist, as well as a recently retired, highly decorated reserve Law Enforcement Officer.

Bruce writes Staying Safe, a weekly syndicated column covering the topics of security, safety and crime prevention.

Bruce was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel – the state's highest honor – for his public service.

This column is provided for general information purposes only. Please check with your local law enforcement agency and legal professional for information specific to you and your jurisdiction.


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