Crime Prevention Tips
and General Home Security Tips

Some of the most obvious things to watch for and report include:

* A stranger entering your neighbor's house when it is unoccupied may be a burglar.
* A scream heard anywhere might mean robbery or assault.
* Offers of merchandise at ridiculously low prices could mean stolen property.
* Anyone removing accessories, license plates or gas from a car.
* Anyone peering into parked cars may be looking to steal valuables, or the car.
* Persons entering or leaving a business place after hours could be burglars.
* A sound of breaking glass or loud noises could mean an accident, or vandalism.
* Persons loitering around schools, parks, or secluded areas could be sex offenders.
* Persons around the neighborhood who do not live there could be burglars.

Some "less obvious" things to watch for include:

* Someone going door-to-door in your neighborhood.
* Juveniles walking casually looking into autos and backyards.
* Anyone forcing entrance to, or tampering with a residence, business, or vehicle.
* A person running, especially of carrying something of value.
* Someone carrying property.
* Excessive foot and or vehicle traffic to and from a certain residence.
* Any persons taking a shortcut through a backyard.
* Any vehicle moving slowly, repetitively, aimlessly, or without lights.
* Parked occupied vehicles containing one or more persons.
* Vehicles being loaded with valuables if parked in front of a closed business.
* Apparent business transactions conducted from a vehicle.
* Persons being forced into vehicles.
* An abandoned vehicle parked on your block.
* Continuous repair at non-business locations.
* Open or broken doors or windows at a closed business or residence.
* A beam from a flashlight in a neighbor's home.
* Persons making a quick change of vehicles.
* Persons carrying or wearing bloody clothes.

Crime Prevention Tips courtesy of The National Crime Prevention Council.


Going Away? - Some General Home Security Tips

* Make your home look lived-in at all times.
* Securely lock all doors and windows.
* Cancel all deliveries (mail, papers, etc.) or have a neighbor take them.
* Place one or more lights on an automatic timer.
* Place an audio appliance (radio or TV) on an automatic timer.
* Adjust blinds and draperies to make the house seem occupied.
* Arrange to have the lawn cut or snow shoveled.
* Arrange for a friend or neighbor to check the home regularly.
* Remove ladders from sight and lock them away if possible.
* Do not leave a note on the door which may indicate your absence.
* Don't hide house keys under doormats, flowerpots, or similar places.
* Store items such as jewelry, furs, cameras or coin collections in a secure place.
* Notify your local police about times when you will be away.

Home Security Tips courtesy of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

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