Home Protection

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Inside Your Home - Locks, Doors, & Windows

  • Install and use deadbolt locks on doors (about half of all burglars enter through unlocked doors and windows).
  • Secure sliding glass doors and windows with a wooden dowel placed in the track.
  • Lock all windows at night or when away from home.
  • Hide valuables out of plain sight.

Outside Your Home

  • Trim back shrubbery hiding doors or windows.
  • Cut back tree limbs that could help a thief climb to second story windows.
  • Make sure all porches, entrances, and yards are well lighted.
  • Use motion sensor exterior lights where practical.
  • Keep your garage closed.

Key Sense

  • Do not hide house keys in mail boxes, planters, or under doormats.
  • Do not put personal identification on key rings.
  • If keys are lost or stolen, change the locks immediately (often covered by insurance).

 When Away or On Vacation

  • Make your home appear occupied when you go out.
  • Leave lights on and the radio playing.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked.
  • Use timers to turn inside lights on and off.
  • If you will be gone several days, arrange to have the mail and papers stopped or picked up.
  • Complete a vacation notification at the Police Station.
  • Ask a trusted neighbor to watch your house and call 9-1-1 if observing anything suspicious.
  • Do not post vacation plans on social media.
  • Do not post photos or "updates" on social media while you are away, wait until you return home to post those great travel photos.
  • See also these TIPS from a real burglar.

Report Suspicious Persons or Activity

  • Call 9-1-1 to report anything suspicious in the neighborhood.
  • Brighton Police will check it out.
  • Your help is critical to us.

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