Improve Home Security Through Simple Maintenance

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Improve Home Security Through Simple Maintenance

Here's some obvious advice: Don't invite burglars and intruders into your home. But criminologists warn that residents may unintentionally do that, if their house or apartment building is in disrepair.

How you maintain your home and the appearance of your neighborhood send a clear message about neighborhood standards and lawlessness.

Known as the broken window theory, police and community leaders have helped reduce crime in neighborhoods by cleaning up streets, organizing crime watch groups, and -- yes -- fixing broken windows. These efforts show that neighbors won't tolerate crime.

The same approach holds true for homeowners and renters. Show that you care about your home and neighborhood through careful maintenance.

  • Fixed cracked and broken windows.
  • Keep expensive items, especially electronics, away from view by passersby.
  • Keep your yard and shrubbery well-trimmed.
  • Make friends with your neighbors. Learn their schedules.
  • Don't leave household items and bicycles scattered outside. Don't leave your car unlocked in your driveway.
  • Make sure entry points to your home are well-lit at night. Use motion detector lights at the side and back of your house.
  • Contact your city or town hall if street lights go out, or your road needs repairs.
  • Ask local police for extra patrols.
  • If you spot someone suspicious lingering in your neighborhood, contact police and let your neighbors know.

   

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