Burglaries frequently occur during weekdays when residents are away at work or school. Every home can be a target; however, there are several steps you can take to prevent a burglary, secure your belongings, and protect yourself.
• Always lock doors and windows, even on the 2nd floor.
• Ensure that garage doors are closed, even when you are at home.
• Motion-sensitive lights increase your home’s visibility, limiting hiding places.
• Do not leave valuables in open view from the street.
• Remember the 2 Foot, 6 Foot Rule: Trim bushes to a height of 2 feet off the ground and tree limbs to a height of 6 feet off the ground to light up dark spaces and minimize the areas where a burglar could hide.
• Be cognizant of barking dogs, as they may alert you to intruders.
• Use timers on lamps, radios and televisions, which can create the impression that someone is at home, even when you are on vacation or out of town.
• Photograph your valuables, especially jewelry and electronics.
• Prepare a list of important items in your home with make, model, serial number and value of the property.
• Keep the lists and photographs in a safe location and update them frequently.
• Be alert for anyone or anything that is suspicious in your neighborhood.
• If you see or hear suspicious activity, report it immediately.
• Talk to your community about starting a Neighborhood Watch program.
Help reduce crime and secure your home by completing this Home Security Survey,
If your home is burglarized report it immediately to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.