for Safe Living
TIPS FOR HOUSEHOLD
we feel safe in our homes, but in reality, many serious crimes
can happen in the home without proper precautions such as the
|| 1. NEVER
let strangers into your home! Make them stay outside and talk
to them through a locked screen or storm door. Even if they are
dressed in what appears to be a business or utility company uniform,
if you do not recognize them, ALWAYS ask for ID. And don't be
afraid to detain them outside while you phone their company for
verification of their identity. If they are who they say they
are, this will only delay them a few minutes. If you can not
verify their identity, CALL THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY!
|| 2. Always
keep your door and windows LOCKED (and if you have a sliding
glass door ALWAYS keep a stick in the track in case the lock
fails) even when you're home unless you are in the particular
room with the open window. Keep garages locked as well.
| 3. Create
and practice an INTRUDER safety plan with your entire family.
In the event of a break in, you should have a room with a telephone
you can run to and lock. Immediately call 911 and DON'T HANG
UP, even if you have to flee! If the intruder tries to get to
you, scream that the "Police are on the way".
|| 4. An
inexpensive way to deter crime around your home at night is to
replace any outside lights with MOTION SENSOR lights. These lights
will automatically turn on when anyone approaches your home and
will turn off after a few minutes, alerting you to a possible
| 5. When
going on vacation always call your local police and let them
know! It's their job to protect your property and they'd much
rather PREVENT A CRIME than have to investigate one!