Home Security Tips to Follow

  • Purchase the highest level security that your budget will allow.
  • High level security is recommended by the Police Department and Insurance Companies.
  • Use the best quality locks to secure gates leading to your fire escape.
  • Turn off the telephone ringer when you are away from home for an extended period. An unanswered telephone signals to intruders that no one is home.
  • Install a 180-degree peephole so that you can inspect your hallway without opening your door.
  • Ask to see the identity of someone claiming to be from the utility or telephone company. A genuine worker will be pleased that you asked and will give you their card. Inspect the card carefully before allowing them to enter your home.
  • Re-key your locks immediately if you lose your key.
  • Ask your locksmith for a valid license, he must carry one.
  • When in doubt, ask for advice from your locksmith or from the Crime Prevention Officer at your local precinct.

Suggested “TO DO” tips to enhance your home security:

  • Leave a spare key outside your home. Most hiding places are obvious to intruders.
  • Leave your keys in or near the lock where it might easily be seen and taken by a thief.
  • Mark your keys with your identification or address.
  • If you have a telephone answering machine, do not leave a message revealing that you are away from home.
  • Never leave notes on your door, even when you’re at home.
  • Tune the stereo or TV to your favorite station when you leave the house to indicate to an intruder that someone is at home.
  • If you leave a spare key outside, be creative.
  • Burglars routinely check under flowerpots and welcome mats and on window ledges.
  • Install a security system.