Leaving for the Holidays?
Is Your Home Secure?
The Boone Police Department would like to give you some information on how you can make your home or apartment more secure. Last year, approximately 35% of the breaking and enterings in Boone were to personal residences. We at the Boone Police Department are committed to making Boone a safer place to work, attend school and live. The following are what we feel are helpful tips to lessen the chances for homeowners becoming victims:
CHECK THE OUTSIDE
- Thieves hate bright lights. Install outside lights and keep them on at night.
- If you travel, create the illusion that you’re home by getting some timers that will turn lights on and off in different areas of your house throughout the evening. Lights burning 24 hours a day signal an empty house.
- Leave shades, blinds and curtains in normal position. Don’t let your mail or newspapers pile up! Call the post office to stop delivery or have a neighbor pick it up.
- Make a list of your valuables – DVD ’s, stereos, computers, jewelry, etc. Take photos of the items and keep serial numbers and descriptions in a safe place.
CHECK THE DOORS
- All outside doors should be metal or wood.
- If doors don’t fit tightly in their frames, install weather stripping around them.
- Install a peephole or wide-angle viewer in all entry doors so you can see who is outside without opening the door. Door chains break easily and don’t keep intruders out.
- Always lock you doors when you leave or go to bed.
CHECK THE LOCKS
- Make sure every external door has a sturdy, well-stalled dead bolt lock.
- Sliding glass doors can offer east access if they are not properly secured. You can secure them by installing commercially available locks or putting a broomstick or dowel in the inside track.
- Make sure windows have good quality locks that operate correctly.
- Instead of hiding keys around the outside of your home, give an extra key to a neighbor that you trust.When you move into a new house or apartment, re-key the locks.
CONSIDER AN ALARM
- Alarms can be a good investment, especially if you have many valuables in your home or live in an isolated area or one with a history of break-ins.
- Check with several companies before you buy so you can decide what level of security fits your needs. Do business with an established company and check references before signing a contract.
- Learn how to use your system properly. Don’t “cry wolf” by setting off false alarms.
- Some less expensive options – a sound-detecting socket that plugs into a light fixture and makes the lights flash when it detects certain noises, motion sensing outdoor lights that turn on when someone approaches, or lights with photo cells that turn on when it’s dark and off when it’s light.
BURGLARS DO MORE THAN STEAL
- Burglars may commit violent crimes if they are surprised by someone coming home or if they pick a home that is occupied.
- If something looks questionable (a torn screen, a broken window, open window, etc.) don’t go in. Call the police from a neighbor’s house or public phone.
If you have questions or would like further information, please contact by email Sgt. Matt Stevens or call 828-268-6936.