Take Bold Steps Against BurglaryOctober 4th, 2007 by josh farley
Josh Farley writes:
Two weeks. Six burglaries. Two communities.
While Kitsap County Sheriff’s detectives investigate two gun thefts in CK and three burglaries in NK, you could be ensuring the next one they show up for won’t be your house.
I’ll be posting burglary tips here from local law enforcement agencies, starting with ones from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, thanks to chief deputy Dean Byrd. Feel free to add some of your own.
Here are Chief Byrd’s tips:
1) Keep all doors, windows, pet entrances and garage doors closed and securely fastened. Doors should have deadbolt locks with at least a 1” throw and reinforced strike plate with 3” screws. All windows should have window locks.
2) Secure sliding glass doors. Place a metal rod or piece of plywood in the track and install vertical bolts.
3) When service or delivery people come to your door, ask for ID. If you’re still not sure, call the police first and report the stranger. Call the company to confirm.
4) Cut up cartons for TVs, computers, stereos, etc. Tie the pieces together so a burglar going through the garbage does not see any of your highly valuable household items.
5) Do not leave ladders or tools lying around outside. They can assist a possible intruder.
6) Install a wide-angle door viewer (peephole) in your front door so you can see who is at the door.
7) Organize a neighborhood watch program. Neighbors working together make one of the best crime-fighting teams around.
8) Make a home inventory list, complete with photos or video. Store this list in a safety deposit box.
9) Have a security plan in place and talk about it with your family and neighbors.
10) Write down the emergency telephone numbers of the local police and county sheriff’s office and the numbers of several nearby neighbors. Keep the numbers by your telephone(s).
11) Don’t put your name and residential address on your key ring. If you happen to lose it, a dishonest person could gain entry to your home.
12) Install and test a burglar alarm system.
13) Post signs in conspicuous locations that clearly indicate that the premises are protected by a burglar alarm.