Helpful Burglary Prevention Tips

6/22/2010:

Do you keep your Hoboken home safe?

The Hoboken Community Policing Bureau strongly encourages all residents to review the following information – even if it is just a refresher for many of you. Helps to be reminded how to keep your home and belongings safe. Good timing on the last tip as well – considering the TV that was recently stolen from a passed out girl by strangers!

“With Summer arriving and bringing warmer weather with it, comes a time where residents are either away from home for long periods of time, have air conditioners in windows, or have windows open to their homes even when they are away from them. This makes the opportunity for criminals to enter your homes and remove your belongings greater.

We ask all residents to follow these many helpful hints, that will target harden their homes and make it tougher for criminals and opportunists to victimize our community.”

Home Security: Burglary Prevention

If you were locked out of your house, would you still be able to get in? Maybe you keep an unlocked window in the back, or a hidden key in your mailbox. You may think this is a good idea but guess what? If you can get in, so can a burglar!

Burglary, on the whole, is an opportunistic crime. A burglar will select his target because it offers the best opportunity to carry out his crime undetected and with the fewest obstacles in his way. A building that appears unoccupied and unsecured is far more likely to be targeted than one that is properly secured. Although there is no guarantee against break-ins, there are a few simple steps residents can take to reduce their chances of victimization. The primary step is to take a security survey of your home to identify the areas that could be made more secure. Here are some prevention tips to consider:

  • Address: Make sure that your address is visible and can be read from the street, especially at night.
  • Lighting: Turning interior lamps on with a timer is inexpensive and should always be recommended. A transistor radio left playing when away will also confuse the burglar. External lighting is also important.
  • Vacation Procedures: Residents should be reminded of proper procedures when going on a vacation:
    • Secure home and leave lights on timer
    • Leave a key with the neighbor
    • Make arrangements to have lawn mowed
    • Stop newspapers, mail (or have a neighbor pick up daily)
    • Asking a friendly neighbor to park vehicles in your driveway is also a good practice
  • Hiding keys: An extra key hidden in a secret location should always be avoided.
  • Entry Doors: Exterior doors should always be secure with bells located on the exterior of the building. Once the burglar is in the foyer, he can work undetected.
  • Use Locks: An unlocked lock is not a lock! Habitually locking the home, closing and locking garage doors when away or at night is something which might be emphasized with every resident
  • Re-Key Locks: This should be followed when moving into an apartment, or with the second ownership of homes. This is relatively inexpensive to the resident.
  • Air Conditioners: Air conditioners must be firmly secured to window frames so that burglars cannot simply push the unit in to gain access.
  • Admitting Strangers: The resident should be cautioned about admitting strangers. Identification of salesman, public utilities personnel, repairmen and stranded strangers should always be required before opening the door. A wide-angle door viewer is an absolute must if visibility of callers is not possible. Partially opening a door equipped with a door chain is a practice that must be discouraged.

“Good neighbors who watch out for each other can be a big deterrent to Burglary.”

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16 Comments on "Helpful Burglary Prevention Tips"

mooshu
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mooshu

So here’s a tip for ya:

DON’T leave your keys in the door.

Tonight, as I left my friend’s place and walked towards the elevator, I saw someone’s keys dangling from their front door! I knocked on it, and told the guy who lived in the apartment about it… He brought his keys inside.

Be careful with this kinda stuff. It can happen quite easily if you’re lugging groceries into your homes or chatting on your cellphones.

plywood
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plywood

Also be on the lookout for brass knuckles or blackjacks. Always a bad sign. Or the legendary roll of pennies as well.

HansBrix
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HansBrix

15. Be especially suspicious of 20-40-something white guys wearing black turtlenecks (or horizontal stripes), black wool caps or hoods, and leather gloves. Usually unshaven. Every burglar (or home invader) on commercial TV, and on the internet (stories on burglary, etc) looks like this.

google.com/images?hl=en&client...038;source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

nacholibre
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nacholibre

Us white males in that age bracket have been victimized long enough by society’s callous stereotypes! The other day I was wearing a cape, mask and wool cap, while carrying some jewels and gold coins I own in a canvas rucksack, and some paranoid homeowner had the nerve to lock their door.

*Technically your house cannot be robbed, since robbery is a crime of violence or implied violence directed against a person, not property. So next time say, “I’ve been burgled!” or “The plane of my home was violated, (with/without) forced entry and my TV was knicked!” Or if someone picks your pocket, and you never saw them, there was no robbery, only a larceny.[quote comment=”193909″]15. Be especially suspicious of 20-40-something white guys wearing black turtlenecks (or horizontal stripes), black wool caps or hoods, and leather gloves. Usually unshaven. Every burglar (or home invader) on commercial TV, and on the internet (stories on burglary, etc) looks like this. [/quote]

HansBrix
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HansBrix
Internet classic: 13 Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You… 1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator. 2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier. 3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste … and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have. 4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it. 5. If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway. 6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy. 7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom—and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too. 8. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock… Read more »
escaped68
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14. Make sure someone stays at the deceased house while everyone is at the funeral[quote comment=”193907″]Internet classic: 13 Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You…1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste … and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.5. If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom—and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.8. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with… Read more »
Kingfox
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Yeah, I always make sure to have my lawn mowed for me when I’m out of town. 🙄

escaped68
Member

My neighbor had his house robbed by the landscapers that were cutting his vacationing nieghbors lawn.[quote comment=”193903″]Yeah, I always make sure to have my lawn mowed for me when I’m out of town. [/quote]

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