The facts about burglary...
• More than six million residential burglaries occur every year
in this country. That's one every ten seconds!
• Nearly half of these burglaries are committed without force —
that is through UNLOCKED doors and windows!
Most of these burglaries could be prevented.
• Always lock your doors and windows even when leaving for “just
• Never leave a house key available: under a doormat, in a
flower pot, on the ledge of the door. These are the first places
a burglar will
If you would like to make life even harder for crooks — remember
the following tips:
• Exterior doors should have “dead bolt” locks with a 1 inch
strong metal bar extending into the frame.
• Sliding doors and windows should all have “ventilation” locks
as well as auxiliary locks to bolster security.
• Be sure to include good locks for garage, cellar, patio or
other doors that lead out through storage areas or a spare room.
• Lock all doors and windows.
• Use timers so that lights, radio, TV, go on and off throughout
the house to indicate someone is home.
• For longer trips be sure to stop mail and newspaper delivery
or have a neighbor collect them daily.
• In short make your house look, “LIVED IN.” Remember, if you
come home and see a broken window or a jimmied door, don’t go
Confronting a burglar can be dangerous. Phone the police
• Install a wide angle lens viewer in the front door. Never open
the door without knowing who is there.
• Consider alarm systems or trained security dogs for additional
• Whenever you move to a new home, have the locks changed.
Another deterrent to “would be” burglars is Operation
• Mark your valuables with your driver’s license number preceded
by the letters “FL.”
• Post Operation I.D. stickers in doors and windows to warn
housebreakers to stay away.
• Burglars don’t want marked merchandise because it is difficult
to fence and evidence of guilt if they are caught.
• So mark your items as conspicuously as possible without
• Photograph those items that cannot be engraved (jewelry,
• Operation I.D. also facilitates the return of stolen property
when it is recovered.
Don’t let them knock your block off!
Want to know the best crime prevention tool ever invented? A
• Law enforcement officers can’t be everywhere at once, but you
and your neighbors can. You’re the ones who really know what’s
going on in the neighborhood.
• Put that neighborhood know–how to work. It’s simple: just use
your eyes and ears — then your telephone. If you spot something
suspicious, call the police or sheriff immediately.
• Don’t try to stop a criminal yourself —it can be dangerous.
• Neighbors working together in cooperation with law enforcement
make one of the best crime fighting teams around.
• For more information on how to start your own NEIGHBORHOOD
WATCH GROUP — contact your local law enforcement agency
or write the Attorney General’s Crime and
for your own Neighborhood Watch Guide.