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How to Protect Your Home From Intruders

Home Safety

  • All doors leading to the outside of your home should have deadbolt locks.
  • When away at night, leave an outside light burning.
  • Do not leave a key over a door or under a mat.
  • The single lock on a garage door is inadequate to keep intruders from prying up the opposite side and crawling in. Use a padlock, but never leave it unlocked. This is an invitation to have the padlock removed so that a key can be made, and the lock is returned to it's position. Later, the burglar returns when no one is home and enters at his leisure, using "his" key.
  • Mark your valuables and keep an accurate record of all valuable possessions.
  • When leaving on a trip: Stop all deliveries, Connect a light to a timer, Notify the police and have a neighbor check your home periodically, and have someone maintain your lawn.
  • Be a concerned neighbor. If you see a suspicious person, car or situation, contact the police.

Safety at your Front Door

  • Never automatically open your front door.
  • Make sure you know your caller's identity before admitting him.
  • If the person at your door is a stranger, ask for identification to be passed under the door. If he is unable to do this, do not let him in.
  • It is advisable to have a wide-angle viewer (peephole) in the door so that you can check a person's identity without unlocking your door.

Safety for the Apartment Dweller

  • If you live in an apartment building with an intercom system, make sure the landlord keeps the system in operating order.
  • Never admit anyone unless you are expecting him or know him.
  • Never admit anyone to the building who is there to see another tenant or to deliver something to another apartment.
  • Anyone asking admission so they he can do some work for another tenant should not be admitted, but should be referred to the building manager.
  • If you see someone in your building who looks out of place or is acting suspiciously, contact the police.

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