TIPS: Burglary Prevention


  • GENERAL TIPS

  • Call the constable's office anytime you see a suspicious person and do not let race, age or gender influence you calling (a suspicious person is anyone you do not recognize on your street).

  • Call the constable's office when you see a suspicious vehicle (any vehicle parked in front of your neighbor's home or driving around your street that you don't recognize).

  • Always keep all your doors and windows locked even when you are at home.

  • Always keep you over head garage door in the down position.

  • Remember neighbors looking out for neighbors is how the police catch the bad guys.

  • If someone comes to your door always go to the door and acknowledge that you are there and remember to never open the door for anyone that you do not know.  The bad guys in almost all cases do not want you to be home. Then always call the constable's office so that we can check them out. When they leave your house they are going to your neighbors.

  • If you have children that stay at home alone no matter what their age they need to go to the door and have a preplanned story for whoever is there (my dad is working on the computer he says to come back later). Then have them call the constable's office.

  • Never do business with people you don not know and trust. Never open the door for solicitors. If no one in the neighborhood buys anything from them the companies that they work for will quit sending them into your subdivision.


  • TIPS FOR VACATION

  • PLEASE USE THE PRECINCT 5 VACATION WATCH FOR YOUR HOME IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE AWAY (EVEN OVERNIGHT).

  • USE YOUR ALARM SYSTEM (IF APPLICABLE)

  • INVENTORY YOUR HOME (RECORD SERIAL NUMBERS OR ELECTRONICS, FIREARMS, BICYCLES, ETC. TAKE PHOTOS OF JEWELRY) KEEP THE RECORDS IN A SAFE PLACE AND FILE A COPY WITH YOUR HOMEOWNER’S INSURANCE. THIS HELPS INCREASE THE CHANCES OF RECOVERING YOUR PROPERTY AND SECURING A CONVICTION WHEN THE SUSPECTS ARE CAUGHT.

  • USE YOUR EXTERIOR LIGHTING AT NIGHT!! A WELL LIGHTED HOME IS AN UNATTRACTIVE TARGET.

  • PARK YOUR VEHICLES IN YOUR GARAGES (IF POSSIBLE) AND IN THE DRIVEWAY (WHEN NOT).

  • LOCK YOUR VEHICLES AND DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN THE CAR AT ANYTIME. (IT TOOK LESS THAN 1.5 MINUTES FOR A PURSE TO BE STOLEN FROM A VEHICLE LOCKED AND PARKED AT A SCHOOL IN VIEW OF THE COMPLAINANT WHILE SHE WAS PICKING UP HER CHILDREN WHILE SHE WAS OUT OF HER VEHICLE).

  • MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR SOMEONE TO PICK UP YOUR MAIL AND PAPER WHILE YOUR ARE AWAY. 

  • STAGGER YOUR LIGHT TIMERS IN DIFFERENT ROOMS TO MAKE THE HOUSE LOOK OCCUPIED WHILE YOU ARE AWAY.

  • HAVE A NEIGHBOR CHECK ON YOUR HOME DAILY AND LET THOSE AS WELL AS THE CONSTABLE’S (VACATION WATCH) KNOW OF SERVICE COMPANIES (DAY / COMPANY NAME / ETC) THAT WILL BE AT YOUR HOME WHILE YOU ARE AWAY.

  • USE YOUR SPRINKLER SYSTEM AS A DETERRENT AT NIGHT SET THEM TO GO OFF SOMETIME BETWEEN 2A-5A.

  • KEEP SHRUBS AND TREES TRIMMED AROUND WINDOWS SO A BURGLAR CANNOT HIDE BEHIND THEM TO BREAK INTO YOUR HOME.