Tips on Preventing Your Home from Being Burglarized

Keeping Your Family Safe

POSTED: Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 8:41am

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 7:11am

Home burglaries, it's one of the most reported crimes in the City of Brownsville. Na'Tassia Finley has more on how you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of a home burglary in this special report.

Every six hours and 48 minutes a home is broken into in the City of Brownsville as reported in the statistics from the Brownsville Police Department's 2010 crime report. In fact, home burglaries rank number two for the crime most reported to police. While the city saw a slight decline in that number from 2009 to 2010 and officers are hoping to keep that number dropping in 2011.

Crime prevention officers say there are simple and relatively cost friendly fixes that will keep your home off the radar of home burglaries. One of the easiest way to protect your home is placing a window lock onto your window and giving a burglar less time to get into the home. A second tip would be keeping any plants near your windows 6 to 8 inches below the window seal so that the burglar cannot be seen behind the plants. Also, wooden or solid door with a strike plate are great in preventing a burglar from breaking the door in. Lastly, we have some tips on the fencing around your home. Many homeowners like the privacy of a tall wood fence and so do burglars so it is suggested that homeowners purchase a chain link fence which makes it easier to see a burglar breaking into the home.

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The number of home burglaries traditionally spike in the summer months. Light timers and Fake TV are excellent solutions to deter burglars. Also, playing anti-theft home occupancy sounds MP3 or a CD (sells on Amazon) in home while away is a great way to trick burglar that someone is in.

I recommend home owners to get and post "No Trespass" signs. ( For law enforcement purposes) ; have a berrier ( a fence); have an early alarm system ( a loud barking dog). If so, post a "Beware of dog" sign. (For legal purposes) and post on all four corners. If you can get an alarm system that you can monitor on your smart phone if you have one. Or, just place an alarm sign some where visible. Cameras are good. Get burglar bars on windows and doors. And know your neighbors. It helps.

I've worked as a Burglary detective for 6 years here in the valley, not brownsville. I know one thing that works most of the time is a simple alarm system. I've interrogated so many suspects they all say the same thing. If they see an alarm sign in the front yard, they'll just hit the house next door. I'm not saying is 100 % proof. But it will deter the mayority of the burglars and at best will minimize the loss if you do get hit. Also, they could've mention a timer inside the house. I've told my victims so install a light timer on the living room and kitchen lights. The timer should turn on and off at random time and makes it seems that someone is inside the house. I can talk about this all day.....

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