Honesdale PA State Police Issue Burglary Prevention Tips
Here is an abridged version of their safety tips with my spin:
Walking in on a burglary?
DO NOT ENTER — a trapped burglar is dangerous. DON’T try to capture him yourself.
Call the police immediately. Always protect the scene — vital evidence may be destroyed needlessly.
If the burglar is caught, testify against him.
Lock your windows and restrict the opening to a maximum of four inches. Make sure your basement windows are outfitted so entry through them is prevented.
Equip your exterior doors with good locks. If you don’t have a solid core door install a double-cylinder, dead-bolt lock which requires a key both inside and out. Make sure this is allowed by fire officials.
DON’T leave door keys in mail chutes, under doormats or on top of door frames
While gone for and extended time
Stop deliveries and have a dependable neighbor clear your porch of all items.
Arrange to have your immediate neighbor watch your house while you are away. Leave a key with them and a telephone number where you can be reached in an emergency.
Keep your garage locked. Remove the keys from your garaged automobiles. Close your garage door each time you leave, even though you may be gone for only a short time.
Consider unplugging the electric opener.
Install approved, automatic timers. These can be set to turn on a light in your home at a time when are expected to be on. It will also turn off the light at your normal retirement hour.
A constant light in a room which cannot be looked into from the outside, such as a bathroom, is a good idea.