Burglary Prevention Tips

Sheriff Todd Dahl would like to advise area residents to be aware that burglaries are often crimes of opportunity. Luck has little to do with the odds of your home being burglarized. These criminals look for homes that offer easy entrance and getaway. Homeowners are urged to be alert, cautious and to take some simple preventative steps to make your home more secure. Here are a few recommendations:

Security Basics
  1. Make your home look occupied.
  2. Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave or go to bed.
  3. Leave lights on when you’re away. Use timers if you will be gone for a length of time.
  4. Keep your garage door closed and locked.
  5. Don't let deliveries such as mail and newspapers pile up. Either cancel them or have someone pick them up.
  6. Arrange to have your lawn mowed or driveway plowed if you will be gone for an extended time.
  7. Check your locks on doors and windows. Replace them with secure devices as necessary.
  8. Be a good neighbor. If you notice suspicious activity call 911. Record license plate numbers if possible.
  9. Keep a detailed inventory of your valuables, including photos, receipts and serial numbers.
Don't Tempt a Thief
  1. Keep valuable items such as mowers, snow blowers and bicycles stored out of sight.
  2. Lock your sheds and garages.
  3. Use curtains.
  4. Never leave notes indicating that you are gone and when you may return.
  5. Have adequate outside lighting. Motion-sensitive light is recommended.
  6. Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other hidden locations.
  7. Trim your shrubbery around your home to reduce cover for burglars.
  8. Alarm systems are great for home security. Consult a local expert for a system that will work for you.
If your home is broken into
  1. Do not enter. The perpetrator may still be inside.
  2. Call 911.
  3. Don't touch anything until officers can inspect for evidence.