The Montgomery County Department of Police recently released some smart advice
on how you can stay safer in your home. Check it out:
â€¢ Install good quality deadbolt locks on all exterior doors and any doors from attached garages and consistently use those locks.
â€¢ Even during mild temperatures when it is particularly pleasant to leave windows open, all first floor windows should be locked.
â€¢ The use of blinds and curtains decrease visibility from outside into your home.
â€¢ Door areas should all be well lighted and the use of motion detector lights is also beneficial.
â€¢ Trim back trees and shrubs near windows and doors that could provide a hiding place while someone is making illegal entry.
â€¢ Never leave a house key under a mat, in the mailbox, under a flower pot, or above your door.
â€¢ Always lock the house door from an attached garage and keep garage doors closed and locked.
â€¢ It is safer to remove valuables from your car, but never leave any items visible inside a car, even one parked inside your garage. Make certain that a garage remote door opener can not be seen.
â€¢ Keep ladders and tools inaccessible.
â€¢ Record all serial numbers of electronic items, and keep a list of all credit card numbers. Keep a printed copy of that information available.
â€¢ Use a safe deposit box or safe to store valuable papers, seldom used jewelry, and collector coins.
â€¢ Keep purses and wallets in your bedroom, and never leave them near a front or kitchen door.
â€¢ Report anything even potentially suspicious to police (301-279-8000). Never be afraid that you are bothering police, let officers decide whether someone or something poses a danger.
â€¢ If you witness what you think may be a burglary, immediately call 911 and tell the police what you are observing. Please donâ€™t make the first call to a neighbor or family member â€“ make it to the police.
â€¢ If you should happen to confront a burglar, donâ€™t try to stop him, flee and seek help.
â€¢ A front door key can be kept in the homeownerâ€™s bedroom. If the home is broken into while you are there, it can be tossed out a window to enable responding officers to make quick entry.
â€¢ If you return to your home and discover that it has been burglarized, donâ€™t touch anything, get out, and call police from another location.
â€¢ Consider investing in a home surveillance system that provides camera coverage of your home and property.
â€¢ Neighbors should get to know one another and organizing a Neighborhood Watch group can increase everyoneâ€™s safety.
â€¢ Community members should join established community list serves and make certain that those list serves are connected with their local police district stations.
Stay safe and pass this on!