Burglars go through neighborhoods looking for uncut
lawns and stuffed mailboxes. In the evening, they look
for darkened houses or lights that have been left on too
long. The following burglary
prevention tips will help to make you and your family
safer while also showing you how to become a part of the
Ewing Police Crime Prevention Team - so that we may
serve and protect Ewing - our community -
Make your home
look occupied, and make it difficult to break
Lock all outside
doors and windows before you leave the house or
go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock
Leave lights on
when you go out. If you are going to be away for
a length of time, connect some lamps to
automatic timers to turn them on in the evening
and off during the day.
Keep your garage
door closed and locked.
Don't allow daily
deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers to
build up while you are away. Arrange with the
Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a
friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
Arrange for your
lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an
Check your locks
on doors and windows and replace them with
secure devices as necessary.
on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open.
Install deadbolt locks on all your outside
doors are vulnerable. Special locks are
available for better security.
Other windows may
need better locks. Check with a locksmith or
hardware store for alternatives.
Don't Tempt a Thief:
Lawn mowers, snow
blowers, barbecues and bicycles are best stored
out of sight.
Always lock your
garden sheds and garages.
Use curtains on
garage and basement windows.
Never leave notes
on your door such as "Gone shopping."
Locks匞et the Best:
regardless of its quality, can be truly
effective. Key-in dead bolt locks provide
minimum security. Ask a locksmith for advice on
immediately if your keys are lost or stolen.
When moving into a
new home, have all locks changed.
Targeting the Outside:
exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is
recommended for backyards.
Trim trees and
shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding
places for intruders.
Make sure your
door hinges are on the inside.
Most windows can
be pinned for security.
Drill a 3/16" hole
on a slight downward slant through the inside
window frame and halfway into the outside frame
- place a nail in the hole to secure the window.
An alarm system is
excellent for home security. It provides peace
of mind to homeowners, especially while on
vacation. There is a wide variety of alarm
systems on the market.
inquiries to different companies for the best
security system available to you.
If Your Home Is Broken
If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or
Do not enter - the
perpetrator may still be inside.
Use a neighbor's
phone to call police.
Do not touch
anything or clean up until the police have
inspected for evidence.
Write down the
license plate numbers of any suspicious
descriptions of any suspicious persons.
Precautions You Should Take:
Never leave keys
under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other
"secret" hiding places -- burglars know where to
look for hidden keys.
Keep a detailed
inventory of your valuable possessions,
including a description of the items, date of
purchase and original value, and serial numbers,
and keep a copy in a safe place away from home
-- this is a good precaution in case of fires or
other disasters. Make a photographic or video
record of valuable objects, heirlooms and
antiques. Your insurance company can provide
assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
shrubbery around your home to reduce cover for
Be a good
neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in
your neighborhood, call 9 immediately.
valuables with your driver's license number with
an engraver you can borrow from your precinct.
Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose
of and easier for police to recover.
installing a burglar alarm system.
The MOST important thing YOU can do is
CALL THE POLICE to report a CRIME or
any SUSPICIOUS activity. You have to be the
eyes of your neighborhood.
remember you can always remain a pair of anonymous
Remember the three L's of Crime Prevention:
LIGHTS, LOCKS & the LAW!
Light up your residence, Lock your doors
at all times, and call the Law when you see