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Home Security

Burglary Prevention Checklist

ALARMS
Many types of alarm systems work well to protect homes.  The system should be individually tailored to suit the needs of the residents.  Consult your crime prevention officer.
EXTERIOR DOORS
Install solid-core wood doors with rugged frames that cannot be spread apart with a pry bar.  A single cylinder deadbolt with a one inch throw, in addition to the key-in-the-knob lock, is essential.  Use a wide angle viewer to observe visitors.
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
A 40 watt light at each entrance, including the garage, will provide you with both safety and security and will not be wasting our nation's energy when used in conjunction with a timer or sensor.
GARAGE DOORS
Always keep them closed and locked.  A burglar in your garage has access to tools and ladders and can often work on your home undetected.
INTERIOR LIGHTING
When you are away from home, keep some interior lights on.   This creates the appearance that someone is home.  Use a timer to turn the lights off and on at normal hours.  A radio playing adds to the illusion that the home is occupied.
LANDSCAPING
Shrubs that provide you with privacy also give a burglar aplace to hide.  Prune bushes down to two feet or trim trees up at least four feet.
WINDOWS
Windows should have auxiliary locking devices.  Keep your windows closed and locked when you are away.  Screens and storm windows should be securely fastened to the structure.

 

 

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