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Crime Prevention Tips
General Safety Recommendations
No matter how often we hear these tips, they’re worth repeating:
- Use the lights you have around the perimeter of your house, on your porches and in your carports. Keeping your property well-lit tends to discourage the bad guys. If you don’t like the idea of leaving all your outside lights burning all night long, then try being selective and leave the lights on in the most strategic areas (i.e. under your carport or spotlights in your darker corners). You might also consider using outside lights that are activated by motion.
- When leaving your house, consider leaving a television set or radio turned on with the volume turned up a bit to provide a sense of occupancy. Using timers inside your house that automatically activate lights at pre-determined times can be helpful in presenting a sense of activity and occupancy to your empty house when you’re away on vacation.
- Keep your doors locked, (good idea even when you are home), and by all means keep your vehicles locked, (A GOOD HABIT TO GET INTO!). In 2016 there was a short-term rash of vehicle burglaries in Tara. Of the 22 reported vehicle burglaries, 19 involved vehicles that had been left unlocked.
- Activate your security system when leaving your house.
- You may want to encourage your nearest neighbors to share in the responsibility of picking up and securing each other’s packages that may be delivered to the front door. So much is ordered on line these days and packages sitting at the front door are an invitation to theft.
- Take your phone with you when walking and take a picture if you see a legitimate suspicious incident or person. It may be helpful later in providing some additional information to investigators.
- If you have a driveway gate, keep it closed when not at home or at all times if convenient.
- If you are located on a corner lot and your carport is exposed, consider adding a garage door for security purposes.
Remember, you are the first line of defense in making your home secure.