Facts About Burglary
More than six million residential burglaries occur every year in this country. That's one every ten seconds! Nearly half of these burglaries are committed without force - that is through unlocked doors and windows! Most of these burglaries could be prevented.
If you would like to make life even harder for crooks - remember the following tips:
- Always lock your doors and windows even when leaving for "just a minute."
- Never leave a house key available: under a doormat, in a flower pot, on the ledge of the door. These are the first places a burglar will look.
- Exterior doors should have "dead bolt" locks with a 1 inch strong metal bar extending into the frame.
- Sliding doors and windows should all have "ventilation" locks as well as auxiliary locks to bolster security.
- Be sure to include good locks for garage, cellar, patio or other doors that lead out through storage areas or a spare room.
- Be sure to have a good quality alarm system that has been installed by a licensed alarm company.
- Lock all doors and windows
- Use timers so that lights, radio, TV, go on and off throughout the house to indicate someone is home.
- For longer trips be sure to stop mail and newspaper delivery or have a neighbor collect them daily.
In short make your house look, "lived in" Remember, if you come home and see a broken window or a jimmied door, don't go in. Confronting a burglar can be dangerous. Phone the police immediately.
- Install a wide angle lens viewer in the front door. Never open the door without knowing who is there.
- Consider alarm systems or trained security dogs for additional protection.
- Whenever you move to a new home, have the locks changed.
Want to know the best crime prevention tool ever invented? A good neighbor!
- Law enforcement officers can't be everywhere at once, but you and your neighbors can. You're the ones who really know what's going on in the neighborhood.
- Put that neighborhood know-how to work. It's simple: just use your eyes and ears - then your telephone. If you spot something suspicious, call the police or sheriff immediately.
- Don't try to stop a criminal yourself -it can be dangerous.
- Neighbors working together in cooperation with law enforcement make one of the best crime fighting teams around.
- For more information on how to start your own Neighborhood Watch Group - contact the West Fargo Police Department.