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Home security is an important aspect of crime prevention.

Home security is an important aspect of crime prevention.

Burglaries frequently occur during weekdays when residents are away at work or school. Every home can be a target; however, there are several steps you can take to prevent a burglary, secure your belongings, and protect yourself.
Prevention Tips:
• Always lock doors and windows, even on the 2nd floor.
• Ensure that garage doors are closed, even when you are at home.
• Motion-sensitive lights increase your home’s visibility, limiting hiding places.
• Do not leave valuables in open view from the street.
• Remember the 2 Foot, 6 Foot Rule: Trim bushes to a height of 2 feet off the ground and tree limbs to a height of 6 feet off the ground to light up dark spaces and minimize the areas where a burglar could hide.
• Be cognizant of barking dogs, as they may alert you to intruders.
• Use timers on lamps, radios and televisions, which can create the impression that someone is at home, even when you are on vacation or out of town.
• Photograph your valuables, especially jewelry and electronics.
• Prepare a list of important items in your home with make, model, serial number and value of the property.
• Keep the lists and photographs in a safe location and update them frequently.
• Be alert for anyone or anything that is suspicious in your neighborhood.
• If you see or hear suspicious activity, report it immediately.
• Talk to your community about starting a Neighborhood Watch program.
Help reduce crime and secure your home by completing this Home Security Survey,
If your home is burglarized report it immediately to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.