Crime Prevention

The following tips help prevent and discourage burglary.

Lock all doors and windows: Invest in good locks. Deadbolt locks with long bolts that terminate in a good, solid door frame makes breaking down a door a chore. Also invest in good, solid core doors.

 

Keep shrubs trimmed back: If windows are visible, it is easier for neighbors or police to spot a broken window. Consider “thorny” shrubs, as they can be deterrents, as it can be painful to access windows over them.

 

Keep your garage door closed at all times: Not only does this prevent items from being stolen, it also takes away another sign that you’re home or away.

 

Store vehicles in your garage: Vehicles in garages make it harder for crooks to determine if you are away and prevents them from burglarizing your vehicle.

 

Get to know your neighbors: Knowing your neighbors is a great crime deterrent. Extra sets of eyes keeping watch on your property, reporting suspicious activity, and helping keep you safe. Be sure to return the favor and keep an eye on their home too.

 

Consider an alarm system: Most insurance companies offer discounts for alarms, and some system also monitor fire.

 

Watch what you throw out in the trash: If you’ve purchased a new TV, computer, or other expensive item, consider another way to dispose of the box. Will the store dispose of it in their trash?