Criminals aren't always dressed in all black, wearing masks. Prevention or being proactive is the number one way to prevent crime. Be suspicious of someone claiming to be making a delivery that you did not order or use other tricks to get you to open the door. Here are some helpful hints to keep you and your family safe.
invasion criminals have gained entry to houses by pretending to be
distressed persons in need of shelter from attackers or even stranded
motorists. Screen all strangers knocking at your door. Interview
them through a one-way peephole while your door is locked. Instruct
everyone in your family NOT to open the door to strangers. Perhaps you have a window near the front door you could view out of. Again, never unlock and open your door if you don't know who it is. In addition, if someone
comes to your home and knocks on the door, acknowledge you are home, turn on exterior lights, but DO
NOT open the door. It’s
best to make them believe multiple people are home if possible. They
will come up with all different types of excuses for knocking on your
door but don’t buy into them. Listen to your instinct…if something
doesn’t seem right, CALL 911! If there is nothing to it, we will
Harden your home or
apartment with strong doors and locks and three-inch screws in the lock
strike plate and door hinges. Fortification of rear doors, sliding glass doors, and garage
doors are also important. This gives you the necessary time to phone
911, sound audible alarms, or arm yourself. Good exterior lighting and adding an alarm system are also good measures for deterring a criminal.
Now you might ask how you would know whether or not your residence is
safe. Let us send one of our Community Policing Officers
to your home or HOA meeting to conduct a FREE Home Security Assessment and they can
show you how to “harden the target” at your residence.
Community Policing Unit at 919-718-4561 (ext. 5607 or 5629) for more information.
Did you know that the time it took you to read this post, 13 burglaries occurred in the U.S.?