Below are some tips to keep yourself and your home safe this season.
- Keep doors locked at all times. If you are working in the yard/garden, keep your front door and garage door closed and locked; and lock your back door when you are in the front yard.
- Always lock your doors when you leave, even if you only plan to be gone for a few minutes.
- During the warm weather, many people open windows or sliding glass doors while they are at home. Always remember to close and lock your windows and sliding doors when you go to bed or leave the house.
- Install motion-activated lights in your front and back yards (and alleys), so when someone approaches your home, the lights automatically come on, illuminating that person. If not possible to install motion lights leave porch/outside lights on during dark hours. NOTE: Motion detectors can help the police follow the direction of travel when chasing an assailant by following the trail of light.
- Store all ladders and other tools back into a secure storage area after you use them. Ladders and other tools can be used by criminals to access your home. Always lock any storage unit or shed you have on your property.
- Be aware of home improvement scams. If you did not solicit the contractor or salesman who shows up at your door unannounced, do not do business with that person.
- If a utility representative comes to your house, request identification. True representatives will carry their identification and they will gladly show it to you. Call their company for verification.
- Always remember to roll up your car windows, take any valuables out of your car or even items that may be perceived as valuable, and lock your doors every time you exit your vehicle, even if your vehicle is parked in your driveway.
- Being a good neighbor can be one of the best crime prevention tools. Watchful, attentive neighbors can spot criminals and alert the police and the community to their presence. Get involved in your community, and help us keep your spring happy and safe.