Home Burglary

General Tips

  • In 2013, 34% of burglaries were "unlawful" entries; meaning that there was no force used to get inside. Always be sure to lock all doors and windows when leaving the house or going to bed.
  • When leaving the house at night, leave a light or two on inside; make it look occupied.
  • Always be sure to lock all doors and windows when leaving or going to bed.
  • If you are going on a trip, ask a friend, family member, or neighbor to grab your mail and newspapers. The more it builds up, the more it looks like someone isn’t home.
  • Try and have someone mow your lawn if you’re away for an extended period of time.
  • Be sure to regularly check your locks on your doors and change them if necessary.
  • Push-button locks are easy to get into; think about installing dead bolts on your outside doors instead.
  • Try to avoid leaving grills, bikes, and other outdoor activities equipment out. Store them in your garage if you can.
  • Installing an alarm system can give you the best sense of security, especially when away. But remember an alarm system can only be effective when it’s activated.
  • If your keys are stolen, change locks immediately.
  • Try and have sufficient exterior lighting; motion-sensor lights are available!
  • Never leave a key under the mat or in a flower pot. Intruders know where to look for spares!

If Your Home Has Been Broken Into

  • Do not enter. The perpetrator could still be inside.
  • Get to a neighbor’s house and call the police.
  • Don’t move or touch anything; let the police inspect for evidence.
  • Write down license plates of suspicious vehicles.
  • Try to recall everything in your home, and note things that look out of place once the police arrive.
  • Make detailed list of everything that was stolen.
  • Make sure all money and documents are accounted for.

Remember, an alarm system only works if you remember to activate it!