Let’s take a moment to think about how we should handle someone who approaches our homes and advises you they are from water department and that there is a low pressure problem in the neighborhood, “we need to check the flow in your home and document the water pressure.” What would you do? Should you allow them to enter? They could distract you and clean out your valuables. No matter who they claim to be, keep your do doors locked and tell them you need a minute, call the water department (or wherever they claim to be from) and check out the story. You can also check for identification cards, do you see an official vehicle outside? Always confirm the information before allowing anyone to enter your home, if not sure or feel suspicious dial 9-1-1 immediately.
Another concern we should be aware of is home and auto burglaries.
We all find ourselves extra busy this time of year enjoying the warm weather, we are taking trips to the shore, camping in the mountains, attending picnics, and of course swimming whenever we get the chance.
This all adds up to the fact that we are out of our homes and often driving to various places. It’s also the time of year that auto break ins and home burglary occurs. So let’s take a look at how to protect our homes and autos from burglars so we can all enjoy the summer.
Here are a few tips to think about:
Always keep doors and windows including the garage locked, even when you are home, but especially when away.Trim trees and bushes near doorways and windows so they won’t provide hiding spots for criminals.Be sure to have flood lights and other additional lighting to illuminate the area.Install quality security locks and deadbolts, rated as “ bump proof”.Wireless alarms are easy to put in and help notify police by optional monitoring services.Get a doorbell camera that alerts your mobile phone when activated, burglars often ring the bell first.Place a Alarm Warning Sign in front and back yards, you may also add Beware of Dog signs too.Use automatic timers to turn interior lights on in evenings.
Always lock your vehicle both while occupied and when parked.Keep valuables, electronic devices and power cords out of view.Have security information etched onto the car windows and register it.Use your auto alarm.At night, always park in a well light space nearest the main entrance of stores, restaurants and offices.When home, pull into your garage. If no garage, park in the driveway under well illuminated lighting.Never leave your vehicle unattended while running.
Check with your insurance carrier for additional tips.
This article has been written to provide basic information to warn the public about common fraud and scams by the Pennsylvania Crime Prevention Officers’ Association (PCPOA) a non-profit 501c(3) In cooperation with Crime Alert Berks County. For more information please visit our website at www.PaCrimePrevention.org