Safety begins at home. Taking steps to improve the security of our home does not make our home burglary proof; however, it does help to deter the criminal. Most residential burglars are low to medium-skilled and often use crude methods to gain entry into your home. Their targets are generally selected at random, based on their perceived opportunity to successfully complete the crime without detection. Due to the inadequate security of many premises, these relatively unskilled individuals can gain entry into a home in less than one minute.
Here are some tips that can help.
- Does exterior lighting illuminate all entrances to your home?
- Is shrubbery kept trimmed back so a burglar can't hide near windows and doors?
- Are garage doors kept closed and locked at all times?
- Are exterior doors made of solid core construction (including door leading from garage to house)?
- Is there a peephole viewer (180 degree) on the front door?
- Are sliding glass doors secured with auxiliary locks or pinned, and are screws in the track to prevent removal of doors?
- Are exterior doors secured with a deadbolt lock (single or double cylinder) with a minimum 1″throw?
- Are windows secured with auxiliary keyed locks or pinned with a nail?
- Do you report suspicious persons or activity in the neighborhood to the police immediately?
- Are doors locked at all times?
- Are your valuables marked with your Florida driver license number and do you have a record of them with complete serial number, make and model?
If you were able to answer yes to all of the above precautionary measures, you have greatly decreased the likelihood of your home being burglarized.