Monday, May 21, 2012

Tip of the Week: Keeping Your Home Safe

Securing Against Crime
Unfortunately, there has been an increase in burglaries and home invasions in the Warrendale neighborhood. The thieves like to break into your home and garage. One of the common tactics that they will use is to enter a home through the rear, usually a bedroom window at the back of the house.

Criminals like working at the rear of the property because no one can see or hear what they are doing. They will sometimes attack during nighttime but they are just as likely to strike during daylight hours.

There are a few things that you can do to help keep Warrendale safe.

First, keep an eye not only on your property buy on the properties of any neighboring home where you can see the rear of it. Call 9-1-1 if you see someone lurking on the property that shouldn't be there. If a criminal gets arrested while breaking into someone else's home, they won't have a chance to break into yours.

Second, it's a good idea to take a critical look at your home from rear of the property. Ask yourself, what can I do to make it harder for someone to break-in from the rear of the property?
  • As much as possible, eliminate anything in your backyard that could be used to stand on as they try to climb through your rear windows;
  • Also, eliminate anything in your backyard that they could use to smash a window such as decorative rocks in your garden; and
  • Move your trash cans into your garage so no one can stand on them.
Security bars on windows are an option to consider. However, some homeowners (such as myself) can't stand the idea of living in a home with bars on windows.

Also, I recommend minimizing how much stuff they can steal by moving some of your valuable items (such as power tools) out of your garage and into your basement. It's harder for thieves to get into a basement. Plus, once they're there, it takes them much longer to get out.

Finally, I recommend keeping a list of the color, make, model, and serial number of any valuables that you may have in the house. Keep this list stored at a secure location outside of your home, such as in a safe deposit box or with a friend or relative. Do this makes it easier for the police to locate anything stolen from your home and prosecute those who stole or trafficked in it. It also makes filing an insurance claim easier, if you ever have to.

These are my suggestions. If you can think of anything else, please feel free to share it below.
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