Home Burglary Prevention
Print and distribute our Public Safety Tips brochure.
- Always keep all doors, windows, and garages locked whether you are home or not.
- Check screens on windows and doors for cuts, openings, slits, and holes. Ensure that the screen is secure and without damage.
- Install internal motion detectors in the bedrooms of young children with sounding alarms in parents’ bedroom.
- Install solid doors, complete with heavy-duty locks and heavy-duty strike plates, in the door frame.
- Install interior light timers and exterior motion sensor lights to give the appearance of occupancy even when you are not home.
- Keep your landscape, including all bushes and trees, trimmed to avoid potential hiding places for invaders.
- Keep blocking devices, such as metal bars or track blockers on all sliding glass doors.
- Use crime prevention or alarm system decals on windows that are easily accessible.
- Invest in automatic dial telephones that can dial 911 on speaker phone to reach police quickly.
- Ask your local police department about “Neighborhood Watch” programs, which aid in keeping your streets safe from potential invaders.
- Never leave dry-cleaning or other deliveries sitting in front of your home for an extended period of time.
- When you are away for a length of time, have a neighbor collect your mail and newspaper to avoid the appearance of vacancy.
- Call a family meeting to discuss home safety and security and alert your neighbors if you see suspicious activity.
- Never open the door for a stranger, and always ask for proof of identification if they claim to be a delivery person, repairman, etc., before opening the door.
- Photocopy all important documents and keep the copies in a safe deposit box.
- Always remember to stay aware of your surroundings.
Home Security Measures
- All windows, doors, access points to the residence should be secured and locks should be updated by a reputable locksmith.
- Passwords and key codes should be changed frequently and NEVER given out. Complicated passwords should be used, avoid using the last four digits of your Social Security Number or children’s birthdays.
- Install deadbolt locks on the inside of your bedroom doors and lock those doors in the evening. This may deter an intruder from gaining access to your bedroom while you call the police.
- Dogs are great deterrents as well as living alarms for potential intruders.
- The actors will often work in concert to distract the victim. One actor may direct the victim to look at additional damage around the rear of the house while the other actor enters the residence, goes immediately to the master bedroom and takes jewelry, cash and removes checks from the center of the ledger to delay discovery of the stolen checks.
- Use caution when allowing anyone into your home. Be cautious when unannounced contractors knock on your door. Never let the contractors into the house, if they are doing interior work, have a grown child or younger associate present in the location with you during the construction/repair. Notify the local police department of your renovation or home improvements.
- Only use contractors for repairs that you know and that have a local business that can provide references. Never use a contractor that does not have his name, telephone and license number displayed on his vehicle.
Computer and Phone Use Scams
- Scammers will try to entice you by using “teasers” i.e., “Get prescription medication at a third of the cost.”
- Never give out personal information over the telephone or computer. The actors will make an effort to steal your identity or establish lines of credit under your name or social security number.
- Actors will try to draw you into “Get rich quick” schemes or reduced rates on vacations. Avoid the fly by night companies advertised on the computer. Check with the local Chamber of Commerce or the Better Business Bureau.
- Do not give out Medicaid/Medicare numbers or insurance numbers. These numbers are often based on your Social Security Number.
These prevention tips, along with individual awareness and awareness for your fellow neighbors, will help to decrease the risk of home invasions. As citizens of Morris County, you can help keep yourself, your family, and your neighborhood safe.