WHEWW! August 2011. It was the hottest month ever in Colorado. But we came through it in fine fashion – no serious crime incidences and no major fires. So what should we be thinking about as we move in to the beautiful Colorado fall weather?
With cooler weather approaching we will all be leaving our windows open so we can enjoy the fresh air, but remember to protect your home sweet home. Do you know how to make your home safe from burglary?
You can protect your family, home and other possessions by investing a small amount of money. Most burglars will spend no longer than 60 seconds trying to break into a home. I’ve listed a few crime prevention tips below, but always keep your own safety in mind. Do not implement anything which may hinder or prevent your ability to escape dangerous or hazardous situations. Your family should be aware of safety features and know how to quickly overcome them if they need to get out or get away in an emergency.
Protecting the Outside of Your Home
Fences – Do you have a privacy fence obstructing the view of your backyard? Are your fence cross rails creating easy entry into your backyard? Is your gate secure? By providing concealment, privacy fencing is a disadvantage to home security. Try:
Removing every other slat to allow greater visibility.
Planting hostile-type plans to cover the outside of the fence, such as roses with large thorns.
Padlocking your gate so entry is more difficult.
When building a fence, have the cross rails placed inside.
Lighting – One of the best sources of cost effective protection around your home is adequate exterior lighting. Place lighting to illuminate as many sides of the houses as possible (but not to cause light pollution). Keep exterior lights on during all nighttime hours as long as it is not bothering your neighbors.
Landscaping – What about your trees, shrubs and landscaping? Could a potential criminal hide there? The security of your home depends on visibility. Your home should maintain its visibility so that neighbors and patrol cars can watch for illegal activity.
And on that note, let me close with a pitch for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Neighborhood Watch Program. It is one of the most successful programs in the county. Are you part of one? Would you like to learn more about the program? Call or email my Community Resources Unit and a member of my staff will be delighted to explain the program, send you materials, and meet with you and your neighbors to start a program in your neighborhood.
Community Resources Unit (303) 660-7544