Published by FUN MATES PRESS
Be sure to lock before you leave, and let a neighbor have a key.
When leaving your home, practice the following advice - it
could pay big, big dividends.
GOING TO THE MARKET OR OUT TO DINNER?
A residence which presents a "lived-in" appearance is a
deterrent to burglars. Never leave notes that can inform a
burglar that your house is unoccupied. Make certain all windows
and doors are secured before departing. An empty garage
advertises your absence, so close the doors.
When going out at night, leave one or more interior lights on
and perhaps have a radio playing (TV sets should not be left
unattended). Timers may be purchased that will turn lights on
and off during your absence.
Do not leave door keys under flower pots or doormats, inside an
unlocked mailbox, over the doorway, or in other obvious places.
WHEN PLANNING VACATIONS OR PROLONGED ABSENCES
Discontinue milk, newspaper, and other deliveries by phone or in
person ahead of time. Do not leave notes.
Arrange for lawn care and have someone remove advertising
circulars and other debris regularly. On the other hand,
several toys scattered about will create an impression of
Notify the post office to forward your mail or have a
trustworthy person pick it up daily. Apartment house tenants
should also heed this hint since stuffed mail receptacles are a
give-away when no one is home.
Inform neighbors of your absence so they can be extra alert for
suspicious persons. Leave a key with them so your place may be
periodically inspected. Ask them to vary the positions of your
shades and blinds.
When you leave, do not publicize your plans. Some burglars
specialize in reading newspaper accounts of other people's
If you find a door or window has been forced or broken while you
were away, DO NOT ENTER. The criminal may still be inside. Use
a neighbor's phone immediately to summon police.
Do not touch anything or clean up if a crime has occurred.
Preserve the scene until police inspect for evidence.
ALWAYS REMEMBER TO:
1. Lock before you leave.
2. Trust a neighbor with a key.
3. Be a concerned neighbor - yourself.