Don't Give the Burglar a Helping Hand
Most home burglars are amateurs looking for easy targets. They're looking for homes which present the least risk of detection; the greatest opportunity for easy gain; and the maximum potential for escape. They're looking for homes which appear unoccupied and unprotected; homes without adequate locks and lighting; open or unlocked doors and windows; and home sites which provide easy concealment from neighbors and passing motorists.
Unfortunately, the burglar doesn't need to look around very long to discover "Welcome Burglar" signs unwittingly left around many homes. It is even more unfortunate when you realize that all it takes to make your home less inviting to a burglar is a little common sense and several easy, effective and inexpensive crime prevention measures. By following the suggestions in this brochure, you can decrease your chances of becoming a burglary victim.
Survey Your Home
Look at your home through a burglar's eyes. Does it look like an easy target? Are there obvious security weaknesses?
Common sense is all that is needed to identify most security weaknesses around your home.
What is a Good Lock?
Crime Prevention experts recommend deadbolt locks to provide the security needed for exterior doors. The bolt should extend at least one inch into the door frame to provide adequate security.
Some homes may be equipped with spring-latch door locks. Most spring-latch locks can be easily jimmied by even the most inexperienced burglar. Replace or supplement any spring-latch locks with a good deadbolt lock.
Other good security locks such as the jimmy-resistant rim lock are available. Ask your Crime Prevention Officer about the best locks for your home.
When you move into a new home, or if you lose your house keys, contact a locksmith to change the tumblers inside the lock. The change can be done quickly and inexpensively, and it makes the old or lost keys useless.
Don't forget to lock up. Even the best locks provide no protection if left unlocked. Securely lock your home even if you plan to be away for only minutes.
Secure Doors and Windows
Wooden exterior doors have either Solid Core or Hollow Core construction. Solid Core Doors provide the greatest security. They can withstand attacks by burglars, and are best suited for installation of good locks.
If an exterior door contains a glass panel or is near a window, you should install a double-cylinder deadbolt lock which requires a key to unlock it from either side of the door. This lock will prevent a burglar from reaching inside to unlock the door after breaking the glass.
Doors which swing open to the outside have exposed hinges in easy reach of the burglar. These doors can be secured by the "hinge pinning" technique:
Open garage doors attract burglars. Make a habit of keeping garage doors closed and locked, an open garage door with no car in sight is a clear invitation to a burglar, especially if the garage is used to store such items as bicycles, power mowers, garden tools, and other easily stolen property.
Sliding glass doors are particularly vulnerable to attacks by burglars. The "pinning" technique mentioned above will prevent the lock from being forced or the door from being lifted from the track. Key-operated pins or grips are a preferred method of securing sliding glass doors.
Windows are another common entry point for burglars. Double-hung windows can be easily and inexpensively secured by using the "pinning' technique.
Good security for windows is provided by key-operated window locks, especially when used as auxiliaries to conventional window locks.
Remember, an open or unlocked window or door invites burglars.
Give Your Home an Occupied Look
Most burglars are looking for unoccupied homes. If your home appears occupied, the burglar will usually look for other more inviting sites.
When leaving for an extended period, such as during a vacation, you should take several additional precautions.
Use Common Sense
Common sense will help keep the burglar away. Be aware of the common methods which burglars use to gain entry, and make sure your entire family understands what to do in certain situations.
Participate in Operation Identification
Operation Identification is a citizen's burglary prevention program. The Operation Identification program has two parts. First, engrave your valuables with your driver's license number. Marked property can be easily traced and identified as yours. Second, display an Operation ID window and door sticker which tells would-be burglars that your property has been marked. Marked property and the presence of the Operation ID sticker are proven burglary deterrents.
Marked property is difficult for a burglar to dispose of or re-sell. If a burglar is caught with marked property, it is solid evidence of possession of stolen goods.
Neighborhood Watch Group
We would like to form a Neighborhood Watch groups to protect themselves from burglars or other crimes. Through a Neighborhood Watch organization, neighbors agree to keep an eye on each other's property and to report suspicious activities to the Douglas County Sheriff’s office. If you are interest in being part of the group, please forward an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information. Twenty (20) Volunteers are needed before the Douglas County Sheriff's Department will come out to train us.
The pool is now open - it has been cleaned and sanitized. We are very thankful for a quick response from our pool service!!!!
The pool will be closed at least on Wednesday, July 13 for an emergency cleaning due to someone leaving feces in the pool. We are calling the pool service to come take care of the problem and to properly clean and sanitize the pool. We will notify everyone when the pool is open again - we apologize for any inconvenience.
Homeowners - On the night of Wednesday, June 28, there was an incident in our neighborhood that was alarming to say the least. One of our neighbors woke to find gang graffiti painted on both garage doors and the side of his house, graffiti was later found on one of the signs by the tennis courts. The Douglas County Sheriff's Department is actively working the case and will be increasing the patrols of the neighborhood to try and catch whomever is responsible. The Sheriff's department as well as the Board of Director's believe without a doubt this is a case of mistaken identity but we are doing everything possible to protect our neighborhood.
With this being said, We, the Board of Directors, would like to know how many neighbors would be interested in forming a Neighborhood Watch Program. We need 20 volunteers in order to be trained by the Douglas Country Sheriff's Department. If you are interested and would like to take part in this program, please send an email to ElkRun.HOA@ElkRunHOA.net.
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