Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Community Message: Burglary Prevention Checklist

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Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:31 PM

LAPD - Van Nuys

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

Secure any sliding doors. Put a steel rod in the door channel. Install 2 or 3 screws in the overhead track to reduce the chance of the door being lifted out of the track.

Look into installing a burglar alarm system. Some alarms even link to a law enforcement agency.

Have a wide-angle door viewer (peephole) installed in your front door so you can see who is at the door.

Be wary of wrong numbers and teach children what to say to strangers on the phone.

Use an engraving pen to write your current driver's license number on your property. Burglars don't want marked merchandise.

Keep bushes and trees near your house well trimmed. Thick, tall shrubbery provides cover for a burglar and lets him work undetected.

Keep the area around your house well lit. This will discourage burglars.

Organize a Neighborhood Watch program. Neighbors working together make one of the best crime-fighting teams around.

Make sure that the locks on your doors and windows are strong and secure - AND USE THEM.

Display "Beware" signs. If you have a dog or an alarm system, put up signs that say you do. They deter thieves.

Never leave a house key in an obvious place such as a mailbox or under a doormat.

Put your house and car keys on separate key rings, and don't put identification tags on keys.
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