Thursday, July 18, 2013

Community: Burglary Prevention

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Thursday July 18, 2013, 2:58 PM

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Community: Burglary Prevention
Hi Bel-Air Association,
Burglary Prevention

Your home is your castle...or is it? Is your home really safe once you leave for work or school? Your home is considered a sanctuary where you should feel safe. By far, the most common threat to our home is burglary. According to the FBI, a burglary occurs somewhere in the United States every 15.4 seconds. Becoming a burglary victim can leave a family feeling vulnerable and violated. To avoid becoming a burglary victim, it is important to first gain an understanding of who commits them and why.

The majority of home and apartment burglaries occur during the daytime when most people are away at work or school. The summer months of July and August have the most burglaries. Burglars are looking for items that are small, expensive, and can easily be converted to cash. Favorite items are cash, jewelry, guns, watches, laptop computers, VCRs, video players, CDs and other small electronic devices. Statistics tell us that 70% of the burglars use some amount force to enter a dwelling, but their preference is to gain easy access through an open door or window.

Although home burglaries may seem random in occurrence, they actually involve a selection process. The burglar's selection process is simple. Choose an unoccupied home with the easiest access, the greatest amount of cover, and with the best escape routes. What follows is a list of suggestions to minimize your risk by making your home unattractive to potential burglars.

•Use a solid core or metal door for all entrance points
•Use a quality, heavy-duty, deadbolt lock with a one-inch throw bolt
•Use a secondary blocking device on all sliding glass doors
•Use anti-lift devices such as through-the-door pins or upper track screws
•Use highly visible alarm decals, beware of dog decals or block watch decal
•Secure all accessible windows with secondary blocking devices
•Use anti-lift devices to prevent window from being lifted out
•Use crime prevention or alarm decals on ground accessible windows
•Use interior light timers to establish a pattern of occupancy
•Exterior lighting should allow 100- feet of visibility
•Use good lighting along the pathway and at your door
•Use light timers or photo-cells to turn on/off lights automatically
For full details, view this message on the web.

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