Six Ways To Crime-proof Yourself

Six Ways To Crime-proof Yourself
Posted on 03/03/2016

By Stan Rosenzweig

Cottonwood Heights citizens and our police are two parts of one team, but with different roles. Our citizen role is to “see something, say something,” to be vigilant, call 911 and report, but not intervene. Intervention and apprehension are the jobs of the police members of our team.

In addition to calling 911, we can prevent crime from occurring in the first place. There are lots of things we can do to make it less likely that our homes will become targets, such as keeping lights on at night, or not letting newspaper deliveries stack up when we are away. Here are six more steps we can take that make a real difference in keeping you safe from bad guys:

Most burglars admit to trolling social media sites to determine when you are away so they can clean you out. It’s a good idea to post photos and stories to social media after you have returned from trips. Make sure others in your household also know not to post until AFTER you have returned home.

Make Neighborhood Watch work for you. Know your neighbors on each side of your house and across the street. Keep their cell phone numbers and email addresses handy in your travel kit, and make sure that they do the same thing. Agree that everyone will share “away plans” with each other. Also, let each other know if a friend or relative will be housesitting so you don’t call 911 on a nephew.

Erase birthday and other identifying info from your social media sites, and/or restrict public access to that info. Posting where you went to school, your parents’ names, etc., are invitations for crooks to steal your identity.

Replace your rickety mailbox with a sturdy one with a key lock. Postal theft is on the rise and mail, such as from your bank, is another way for crooks to gain identity theft info.

You need a one-inch throw bolt deadbolt lock on each of your outside doors, along with a heavy-duty, four-screw, strike plate with 3-inch screws to penetrate into a wooden door frame. Most strike plates are installed with tiny one-inch screws that are easy to push in. Get the bigger screws and make it really hard to break in.

Always lock both your garage door and the inside door from your garage to your home when you retire for the night, or when you leave the house. It isn’t hard to break into your garage and, once inside, a thief can take all the time in the world away from prying eyes to go through your house.

 

Do these six things right away. Make yourself safer and make the potential bad guy’s job that much harder.