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People need to protect themselves and protect their homes.

Lock your cars, lock your homes."

  • Keep all doors and windows closed and securely fastened. Doors should have deadbolt locks with a one-inch throw and reinforced strike plate with three-inch screws. All windows should have window locks.
  • Secure sliding doors. Place a metal rod or piece of plywood in the track and install vertical bolts to prevent burglars from forcing the door open or lifting it off the track.
  • Always lock the door to an attached garage. Do not rely on your automatic garage door opener for security. When traveling, unplug the automatic garage-door opener to ensure that burglars with universal remotes cannot trigger the door mechanism.
  • If you are leaving the house, leave a light on. Even better: Put a few lights on timer switches, or leave a radio playing, to create the illusion that you are home.
  • Use low-wattage lights to illuminate the perimeter of your property.
  • If you're away, have a trusted neighbor collect your mail and newspapers while you are gone.
  • Trim any hedges and bushes in front of your home that could allow burglars to hide from neighbors and passersby.
  • Don't ignore your back yard: Residents often mistakenly think their back doors and windows are less likely to be hit.
  • Try to keep very expensive jewelry out of the jewelry box. Instead, hide it in an inconspicuous container or a small safe.
  • Never leave money or valuables in front of windows.
  • Record the serial numbers of expensive items and take photographs of expensive jewelry and other items that could be resold. Officers can use that information to track down stolen merchandise.