- 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.
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.