June 1 – Be Aware of your Surroundings
Helpful tips from the Marion County Sheriff to protect your home from burglars~
The more time it takes a burglar to break into your home, the greater the chance he’ll move on. Most burglaries are committed by amateurs. They can be deterred if you take basic security measures seriously…
Lighting: It is important for your home to be properly lighted inside and out. Outside, there should be lighting near all doors and windows, illuminating all entry ways. Motion sensor lights are a useful deterrent, as well as leaving on a porch light during the night. Cut back shrubbery to discourage burglars from hiding near window and doors.
Windows/Doors: Make sure the windows in your home are secure with a lock and heavy screening. Windows and sliding glass doors should be secured with auxiliary locks. Special door pins, available at home improvement stores, can prevent your sliding doors from being lifted from their tracks during a burglary attempt. Deadbolt locks should be used on all exterior doors (single or double cylinder with a minimum one inch throw is recommended). Install a peephole in the front door.
Securing Belongings: Store important documents, firearms, jewelry and other valuables in a safe place such as a lock box or safe. Keep photos and inventory of belongings including receipts and serial numbers for insurance purposes.
Closing/locking up at night:
Turn off electronics and computers.
Secure and check all doors, garage doors, windows, and locks and set alarm before leaving or going to bed.
In case of an emergency ~ Call 911