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Home safety is a big concern these days. When leaving
your home, whether going to the store, out to dinner or for a visit to
Grandma's, the following advice could pay big dividends. A residence that
presents a "lived-in" appearance is a deterrent to burglars. Never leave notes
that can inform a burglar that your house is unoccupied.
Make certain all
windows and doors are secured before departing. An empty garage advertises your
absence, so close the doors. When going out at night, leave one or more interior
lights on and perhaps have a radio playing (TV sets should not be left
unattended). Invest in timers that will turn lights on and off during your
Do not leave door keys under flower pots or doormats, inside an unlocked
mailbox, over the doorway, or in other obvious places.
When planning a vacation or prolonged absence:
- Discontinue milk, newspaper, and other deliveries by
phone or in person ahead of time. Do not leave notes. Arrange for lawn care and
have someone remove advertising circulars and other debris regularly. On the
other hand, several toys scattered about will create an impression of occupancy.
- Notify the post office to forward your mail or have
a trustworthy person pick it up daily. Apartment house tenants should also heed
this hint since stuffed mail receptacles are a telltale sign that no one is
- Inform neighbors of your absence so they can be
extra alert for suspicious persons. Leave a key with them so your place may be
periodically inspected. Ask them to vary the positions of your shades and
you leave, do not publicize your plans. Some burglars specialize in reading
newspaper accounts of people's vacation activities.
- If you
find a door or window has been forced or broken while you were away, DO NOT
ENTER. The criminal may still be inside. Use a neighbor's phone immediately to
- Do not touch anything or clean up if a crime has
occurred. Preserve the scene until police inspect for evidence.
Always remember to:
1. Lock before you leave.
2. Trust a neighbor with a key.
3. Be a concerned neighbor yourself.