Burglary Prevention

Prevention Tips

Residents are urged to review and consider instituting the following burglary prevention tips. Our Crime Prevention Officers are available to meet with you and your neighbors to discuss these suggestions and other concerns you may have. 

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House Checks

Contact the Police to schedule a House Check if you are going to be away for an extended period of time.
  • Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
  • Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
  • Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers, or flyers build up while you are away. Make arrangements with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked.
  • Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
  • Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
  • Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
  • Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.
  • Push button locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
  • Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.

Don't Tempt a Thief

  • Always lock your garden sheds and other out buildings.
  • Lawn mowers, barbecues, and bicycles are best stored out of sight.
  • Use curtains on garage and basement windows.
  • Never leave notes on your door such as “Gone shopping.”

Locks…Get the Best

  • Change locks immediately if your keys are lost or stolen.
  • No lock, regardless of its quality, is 100% effective. Most key-in dead bolt locks provide minimum security. Ask a locksmith for advice on your situation.
  • When moving into a new home, have all locks changed.

Targeting the Outside

  • Have adequate exterior lighting. Motion-sensitive lights are recommended for the outside perimeter.
  • Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.
  • Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.


  1. Most windows can be pinned for security.
  2. Drill a 3/16-inch hole on a slight downward slant through the inside window frame and halfway into the outside frame, then place a nail in the hole to secure the window.


  • If you have a home alarm system, use it! — Alarm systems are only useful when you remember to activate them.
  • Make several inquiries to different companies for the best security system available to you.
  • Many individuals have alarm systems, but do not arm them because it is inconvenient. Many burglars know this and will not be deterred by a window sticker or sign indicating that the home has an alarm system.
  • While no prevention method is 100% effective, an alarm system is excellent for home security. It provides peace of mind to homeowners, especially while on vacation. There is a wide variety of alarm systems on the market.

If Your Home Is Broken Into

  1. Do not enter - the perpetrator may still be inside.
  2. Use a neighbor's phone to call police.
  3. Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
  4. Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
  5. Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.

Other Precautions

  • Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including:
    • A description of the items
    • Date of purchase
    • Original value
    • Serial numbers
    Keep a copy in a safe place away from home — this is also a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
  • Mark your valuables with your driver's license number with an engraver. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.
  • Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes, or other secret hiding places — burglars know where to look for hidden keys.

Prevent Car Burglaries

  • Do move valuable items to the trunk while in public view.
  • Do not leave doors unlocked.
  • Do not leave items with personal identifiers in plain view.
  • Do not leave keys and starter FOBs in the vehicle.
  • Do not leave the garage door opener in plain view.
  • Do not leave valuables in plain view, such as:
    • Cell phones
    • GPS devices
    • Lap tops
    • MP3s
    • PDAs
    • Purses
    • Wallets
  • Do not leave windows or a sunroof open.