Home Security Tips
- Always keep doors and windows secured while at
home or away.
- Never answer the door to strangers.
children to never answer the door without an adult present - even if the
know the visitor.
- If you don't already have one, install a viewer
(peephole) in your door.
- Insist on identification from repair and sales
persons. If in doubt, call their company to verify identification.
- Keep you home will lighted, both indoors an
- Never come home to a dark residence. Have porch
lights and indoor lights set on a timer.
- Never leave spare key(s) hidden outside.
Instead, issue spare key(s) to a trusted neighbor.
- Place a wood rod or dowel (3/4 inch) in the tope
track of sliding glass doors or windows.
- Use secure locks on windows and doors.
- If you have a door leading directly to your home
from your garage, keep that door locked and secured at all times.
- Do not admit persons asking to use your
telephone. Offer to make the call for them.
- Know your neighbors and your neighborhood.
Call your local law enforcement agency for information on joining
Neighborhood Alert of starting a Neighborhood Alert Program in you
neighborhood or apartment complex.
- Identify your belongings by engraving your
driver's license number on your possessions.
- If you return home and find a door or window
open, or see signs of forced entry, do not enter. Go to a neighbor's
home and immediately phone your local police department.
- Use automatic timers to turn lights on and off,
giving the appearance that you are home.
- Stop mail and other deliveries when on vacation,
or ask a neighbor to pickup you mail, newspapers, or advertisements left on
your door or entry gate.
- If you live in an apartment or condominium, be
attentive and careful if you are alone in the laundry room or garage.
- Have all locks re-keyed when moving into a new
- Keep a list of emergency phone numbers near the telephone.
- Teach children the proper use of 9-1-1- for
police, fire or medical emergencies.