Good Habits Will Help Ensure Your Family's Safety
Keep shade or draperies closed. If these are left open it helps a burglar
spot items of value before a burglary.
Leave a radio on with the volume turned low to create a source of noise
when leaving your home.
Never leave a note telling someone you are not home or when you plan to
Always close and lock your doors and windows and never leave your
overhead garage door open.
Do not leave automatic garage door openers in your car.
Always leave lights on in one or more rooms when away at night. It is a
good idea to use a timer that automatically changes the room where the
lights are turned on.
Keep your landscape properly maintained to allow for good visibility from
the street. Additionally, a well-maintained yard says the residence is
Do not indicate your sex, martial status or name on your mailbox.
Re-key locks when moving into a new residence. Never leave a key hidden
outside. Burglars are experts in finding "hidden" keys.
Never give out personal information to a stranger on the phone.
Never let a stranger use your telephone when you are home alone.
Babysitters should never tell anyone who calls that they are alone with
Children should be educated never to let anyone know they are home alone.
Teach them to say that you can't come to the phone and offer to take a
When you leave on vacation, make arrangements for your mail, newspaper
and flyers placed on your door to be picked up daily, have someone open and
close your shades or draperies and store your valuables. Or have a friend
"house sit" for you.
Let the police know the dates you will be gone and request extra patrol
of your residence.
Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway.
Get into the habit of surveying your home as you approach it. If you find
evidence that someone has broken in DO NOT ENTER and
CALL THE POLICE! Should you confront a burglar
GET OUT OF THE WAY! Do not get between the burglar and the
exit and do not attempt to stop him. Your life is more valuable than anything
that is being stolen!
If someone is prowling around outside your home, do not let them know you are
alone. Call out to a companion in the house, "Honey, I think someone is
outside." Dial 911 immediately. Turn on the outside lights.
If you are in your home and hear someone in your home, get out as quickly and
safely as possible. Or put as many doors as you can between you and them. A dead
bolt on an interior door is a good idea. Dial 911 immediately.
If the intruder is armed and you cannot escape, do as he says. Instruct your
children do as he says. Remain calm. A burglar is more interested in taking your
property than your life. Memorize a description of the intruder and write it
down. Do not rely on your memory. Dial 911 immediately.
When making a report to 911, give the operator your name and address, the
reason for your call, the location of the activity and a description of the
suspect and any vehicle involved. An example of the information needed is shown
SUSPECT DESCRIPTION REPORT
Sex: _______ Race: ________ Age: ______ Height: ________
Weight: _______ Hair: ________ Eyes: _________ Glasses: ________
Complexion: ________________ Facial Hair: _________________
Hat: _______________ Tie: ______________ Coat: _______________
Distinguishable walk or limp: __________________________________________
Speech impediment or accent: __________________________________________
What suspect said or did: _________________________________________________
Additional information: __________________________________________________
Reporting person's information:
Signature: ________________________________ Date: