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Home Security

Criminals usually look for the easiest targets, and often crimes such as burglary, theft, and theft from motor vehicles are crimes of opportunity. If you can eliminate the opportunity, you can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a victim. Common sense and a little pvention can save you a great deal of headache later. Following are some security tips for at home.

  • Make sure all exterior doors are solid wood or metal-clad for security. Use dead bolt locks with a 1-inch throw and a strike plate secured with at least two-inch screws.
  • Keep doors locked at all times, including during the day when you are home. Sometimes, a person may enter the wrong home accidentally if they are given a wrong address or are confused, so avoid being surprised.
  • If you move into a new home or apartment, install new locks. You never know how many extra keys are floating around.
  • If your front door doesn't have a peephole, have a wide-angle viewer installed.
  • Keep excess cash and valuables in a safe deposit box. Have pension and Social Security checks deposited directly into your account.
  • Engrave all of your electronics and other valuable items with your driver's license number to deter theft. You can borrow an engraver from the Janesville Police Department at no charge.
  • If you are a single female living alone, use only your first initial and last name in the telephone book and on your mailbox (especially if you are living in an apartment).
  • Keep windows and patio doors locked with special locks. With some types of locks you can lock a window or patio door open a few inches for ventilation.
  • At night, use dusk-to-dawn lights in back yards and in front of the garage.
  • If you are going to be away on vacation or just for the weekend, have a trusted neighbor watch your property, pick up your mail, and park their car in your driveway to give the appearance that someone is home. Make use of timers on some of the lights and leave some of the drapes open. A house that is all closed up is a sure sign that someone is probably not home.
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