By RAND HOOVER
Glade Safety Chief
For The Vista
I have discussed this subject in one of the previous Chief’s Reports. However, I think we need to revisit this subject in order to keep everyone reminded on how important it is that we all do our part in looking out for our own safety and the safety of others.
We need to make it hard, not easy, for thieves to take our stuff. The following tips may help you increase your Home’s Security.
In my opinion, if the homeowner would take the offender’s point of view, they can reduce the chances that their home will be targeted for a theft or burglary.
By taking the offender’s point of view you are looking at why your house is easy or more vulnerable than others and taking steps necessary to make it less vulnerable.
Light is a great deterrent for night time break-ins. A motion sensor on outdoor lights that turn on automatically when triggered works great as a deterrent (Crooks don’t like to be in the spotlight.) (Most Home Burglaries take place in the day time when no one is at home.).
Do not leave valuables like guns, money, and jewelry in your home with easy access by a third party like cleaning services, construction people or yard people (If you have no forced entry into your home when you report a theft, it’s probably someone that you know or someone that has free access to your home that took your stuff.).
Homes are more likely to be burglarized during the day because burglars think that no one is at home. Make it look like someone is home by leaving a radio and light on when you are not home (Be innovative with this.).
Open garage doors serve as an invitation to thieves. You are just advertising your belongings in plain view. You have also just left your home and family exposed to whatever may walk in. By keeping your garage door closed you take the attractive appeal away of what someone might want to steal (Not to mention it keeps the snakes out; the ones that crawl and walk if you know what I mean!).
You can greatly reduce the risk of burglaries and thefts by keeping windows and doors locked at all times.
Home security systems are a great tool for preventing crime at your home.
A large or small safe is a good tool for preventing crime at your home, especially if you have third party people that have free access to your home, like residential cleaning.
Remember, your garage door opener is a key to your house. Keep it in a safe place and keep your vehicle locked at all times.
I hope you have a safe week and remember that you can make a difference in your safety and the safety of others by the decisions that you make.