Tip Of The Day…

HELPFUL POLICE SAFETY TIPS WHICH WILL HELP PREVENT HAVING YOUR HOME BURGLARIZED

Historic King’s House Jamaica , home of the Governor General.(adapted)

  • Invest in sol­id doors and good qual­i­ty locks on doors and win­dows. This includes on all slid­ing glass doors as well. Make it not only dif­fi­cult but also time con­sum­ing for a bur­glar to gain entry.
  • Whenever you go out­side, lock the door and take the key with you, even if you are just step­ping next door or out mow­ing the back­yard.
  • Don’t put valu­ables where they can be seen from the win­dow, espe­cial­ly items that can be eas­i­ly car­ried.
  • Be sure your garage door can be secured. Do not leave it open when you are away, an emp­ty garage broad­casts your absence.
  • When you aren’t home, set a timer set to turn inte­ri­or lights on and off at vary­ing inter­vals as though your home was still occu­pied.
  • Don’t keep large amounts of cash or real­ly valu­able jew­el­ry around the house.
  • If some­one comes to your door ask­ing to use the tele­phone, make the call your­self. Don’t invite them in.
  • Don’t hide a spare key under the door­mat or under a flower pot. Thieves know all the good hid­ing places.
  • Plant thorny bush­es under all win­dows. Trim back any trees or shrubs near doors and win­dows to elim­i­nate hid­ing places for would-be thieves.
  • Invest in a good secu­ri­ty sys­tem along with motion sen­sor lights installed out of reach.
  • Don’t leave lad­ders out­side. Keep any tools that could be used to break in your home safe­ly locked away in a garage or shed.
  • Get a bark­ing dog or “Beware of Dog” sign. If you own a dog and go out of town, have some­one come in and care for your dog in your home.
  • Always dou­ble check doors at night and lock all win­dows.
  • Engrave all valu­ables such as stere­os, microwaves, video cam­eras, with your dri­ver’s license num­ber. Videotape the con­tents of your home. Keep the video and the list of all valu­ables in a safe place, such as a safe­ty deposit box.