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Home and Business Safety
Guidelines and Helpful Tips for Your Safety
No home is burglar proof. But most burglars are opportunists looking for an easy target. Your secured home is much less 'attractive' than the one down the street that isn't protected. Your local burglar can tell you that.

Check out your home from the burglar's point of view. Start on the outside.
  • Do trees and shrubbery obscure doors and/or windows?
  • Are entrances to your home unlit?
  • Are openings to your home (skylights, crawl spaces or vents) unprotected?
  • Are entrances unlocked, including the garage and inside doors?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have a problem to correct. Now, let's look at your home from the inside.

  • Are exterior doors secured using a deadbolt lock, minimum one inch thick?
  • Does the basement door have extra protection, such as a padlock?
  • Does the garage door lock?
  • Does the garage entrance to your home have a deadbolt lock (with a minimum one inch throw)?
  • Are all exterior doors (including the garage) strong enough to withstand excessive force? Exterior doors should be solid wood or metal.
  • Are all strike plates and frames for each door strong enough to withstand excessive force?
  • Are sliding doors and windows secure against forced locks and/or lifting out of their frames?
  • Are hinges pinned to prevent removal?
  • Is there a peephole viewer (180 degrees) on the main entrance door?
  • Are double hung windows secured with a pin or extra lock to discourage jimmying?
  • Do the casement window latches work properly, without excess play?

If you answered no to any of these questions, you have a problem to correct. To further protect your belongings and help recover stolen items:

  • Clearly mark your valuables with an identifying number.
  • Make a list of your valuables including description, model and serial numbers.
  • Take photos or video tape valuables such as art, jeweler and electronic equipment.
  • Place the list and photos in a safe place.
  • Establish a security closet inside your house for storing valuables. The closet door should be as secure as your exterior doors, with a deadbeat lock and pinned hinges on a solid wood door.
  • Post your house number clearly and keep it well lighted at night. This will help emergency personnel responding in case of an emergency, as well as assist in the reporting of one.
  • Be a good neighbor. Watch out for suspicious activity on your block and call for help immediately when your observe it.
    REMEMBER, no home is burglar-proof, but experience has shown you can reduce your chances of being burglarized by reducing easy opportunities.