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Dinner Time Burglaries – Crime Prevention

Dinnertime burglaries are a familiar occurrence in recent years. More than 40% of home burglaries occurred during these hours through unlocked doors and windows. Using caution and common sense can prevent most of these burglaries. Crime does not discriminate; anyone can become a victim. By making a small investment of your time and money you can make your home safer and less of a target for a “would be a burglar”. Secure your home prior to leaving by locking all doors and windows and if you have an alarm use it, and set it. Make your home appear occupied, use timers on lights, radios and televisions. Advertise your home as being equipped with an alarm system by using window stickers and yard signs. Alarms should be audible and loud enough to alert neighbors on all sides of your home. Your immediate family should be educated in the home security program and advised of any changes, i.e. alarm codes, re-keying of locks. Supplemental security devices such as pressure sensitive mats can be added to each room. These mats are useful and are easily disguised alerting you of any entry into the home. All exterior doors should be made of metal or solid hardwood at a minimum thickness of 1-3/4 inch. Hardware should include quality strike plates, hinges and single cylinder deadbolt locks with a minimum of 1-1/2 inch throw bolt. Sliding glass doors should be secured with commercially available supplemental locks or at minimum place a one-inch thick broomstick or wood dowel in the lower track. Install shims or self-tapping screws in the upper track above both doors to prevent...