EPS hosted an information session the Ottewell Park providing information on protecting your home! Link provided for more information!
When at Home – and even when in your backyard lock your front door and vice versa. When in the home, it is a good idea to keep your doors locked. Consider keeping your blinds/curtains closed at night so people can’t see in. Consider installing an alarm system. Have an emergency kit prepared. Never leave your children at home alone. Be wary of strangers coming to your door.
In Your Yard The following outdoor belongings are often targeted by thieves:
Ladders – if you keep ladders out, be sure to chain or padlock them. A ladder can be used to gain entry to second story windows. If at all possible, store the ladders in a shed or garage.
Tools – Put tools away after a day of yard work. Lock them in a shed or in an enclosed garage area. Screwdrivers, hammers and pry bars can be used to break into your home, garage, or vehicle.
Tables and Chairs – Use a chain or a cable to lock your patio furniture.
Bicycles and Other Ride-On Toys – Always put them in a garage or shed. If you do not have either, lock them to something that can’t be moved.
Keep Up Appearances – a well-tended neighborhood is less attractive to criminals and vandals.
Trim trees and bushes that could conceal burglars, especially around windows and doors. Keep your yard maintained to give the house a lived-in appearance. Cut grass, rake leaves, remove dead branches and debris. Install motion-sensitive outside lights to brighten dark areas around doors or windows. Ensure your fence and gate are in good repair – check for holes and damage that may need repair. Keep your gate locked at all times and ensure the lock works properly. A lock or latch that self closes and can be padlocked when you are away is recommended. Install privacy slats in chain link fences.
In Your Community Get to know your neighbors – residents should become familiar with the routine in their neighborhoods. Be aware of strangers and look out for each other. Leave keys and emergency phone numbers with a trusted neighbor.
Get involved in crime prevention programs.