Friday, January 25, 2013

Crime Prevention Tip of the Week

By making a few simple changes to the outside of your home, you can make your home less desirable to thieves.
  • Trim back shrubbery that hides doors or windows to 3 feet. Trim trees up 7 feet. Doing so gives no place for thieves to hide. Cut back tree limbs that could help a thief climb into a second story window. Plant thorny or aggressive plants under windows and along fences.
  • Light up the outside of your home at night. Make sure all porches, entrances and yards are well-lighted. Light is not a burglar's friend.
  • Make sure your house number is clearly visible from the street during day- and night-time and from the alley behind you if you have one. This helps police and fire respond to emergency calls.
  • Storage sheds and outside buildings should be securely locked.
  • Fences make it difficult for a burglar to carry away large items, but are only effective if the gates are locked. Always keep your gates locked.
More crime prevention information can be found here.