It is important to take preventive measures against break-ins. Strong locks – and good neighbors who look out for one another – can be effective deterrents to burglars. Here are a few tips that can help you keep you and your property safe and secure:
1. Make sure every external door is metal or solid wood and has a strong, well-installed dead bolt lock. Key-in-the-knob locks alone are not enough.
2. Sliding glass doors offer easy access to burglars if they are not properly secured. You can secure them by putting a broomstick or dowel in the inside track to jam the door, or by installing commercially available locks. To prevent the door being lifted off the track, drill a hole through the sliding door frame and the fixed frame. Then insert a pin in the hole.
3. Never leave windows unlocked or opened when you are away from your home.
4. Never hide keys around the outside of your home. Instead, try giving your extra key to a neighbor you trust.
5. When you move into a new house or apartment, re-key the locks.
6. Install a home burglar alarm.
If you see or hear something out of the ordinary, contact the police immediately. In the past, the information given to members of the police department by concerned residents and citizens has contributed to the closure of several criminal cases. Citizen information and tips are extremely useful and necessary for thorough police investigations. Please forward this information to your friends and neighbors. Thank you for your continued assistance in strengthening the communities.
Acting Lieutenant Randy Griffin
Metropolitan Police Department
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