Making your home look the same as it does while you're away is the most important part in preventing burglaries. Leaving the same light(s) on in the same room(s) is vital in protecting your home while you're away. There is no need to keep a light on in every room. However, if you have a large home or children I recommend that you leave more than one light on a timer in the rooms that are the most occupied when you are at home. I myself prefer two lights on timers one in the main living room and one in the bedroom. I set each timer for the times that these rooms are occupied when my family is at home. A porch light is also helpful but only if you use this light regularly. If you never turn on your porch light and then turn it on when you're away this becomes very noticeable. Think about either a timer or daylight sensor for your porch light and start to use it. Motion detectors are also very important however these can easily be defeated by unscrewing the bulbs. Make sure your motion detector is placed high enough so it can't be reached by some one hoisting somebody else up to unscrew your bulb.
Make sure all your doors and windows are properly secured before you go away. This includes the cellar or basement windows and garage windows if you have an attached garage. Make sure the doors leading into your home from these areas are also secured. Lock all the locks on all of your doors this includes the storm doors too. If you are planning a vacation in the summer months it is advisable to put down the storm windows on all windows within easy reach from the outside. If you use a window air conditioner and can't properly secure your window with it in then remove the unit and secure that window. It is also recommended that you partially close all blinds and/or curtains so no one can look in.
If you have a mail slot in your door make sure the postal carrier has access to it. Do not lock the storm door leading to the mail slot. If you haven't a mail slot have your mail delivery stopped at the Post Office. Consider putting in a mail slot this will eliminate the need to cancel your delivery. If you're planning to be away for an extended period have your mail forwarded to you. Cancel the newspaper for the time you're away.
Notifying neighbors that you'll be away is always good policy. If you live in an area where you are unfamiliar with your neighbors or feel uncomfortable letting them know you'll be away then don¹t inform them of your plans. If you trust your neighbors then let them know the dates when you'll be away and leave them a number where you'll be in case of emergency. You don't have to notify all your neighbors only one or two will do.
Leaving a key with someone is a matter of personal preference. You can leave a key with whom you feel comfortable with. It can be your neighbor or a relative or even a friend. Make certain that whoever has access to your house will know what to do in case of an emergency and can handle any situation if needed. If you have someone with access to your house other than your neighbor and you have also notified your neighbor, leave them the number of the person who has access to your house only if that person has allowed you to give out his/her number.
Locking the gates surrounding your home is a good idea but only if the locks cannot be seen from the outside. If you vacation during the winter it is very important to arrange to have someone shovel your walk. A walk that goes un-shoveled for a few days makes your home an inviting target. Put away all yard items such as yard tools, rakes and other things that are not needed while you're away. Try not to let everyone know that you'll be away from your home you never know who might be listening.
Following these steps will make your home safe while your away and your vacation worry free. Remember, making your home look the same way as it does while you're away as when you are at home is the most important part in keeping your home safe
Businesses can reduce their vulnerability to crime in many ways. Measures like locks, alarms, and good lighting make any establishment a less attractive target for criminals. A major ally is your local law enforcement agency--its officers can conduct a free security survey and give advice on alarm systems and other devices. Community service and involvement are important safeguards against crime. Customers and neighbors who view a business as a valued resource to the community will watch out for its property and employees.
Employees can help you to be profitable or hurt you through waste, inattention to customers, or stealing. You must set the example for honesty and develop clear policies regarding security and theft.
Develop and advise all employees of inventory control procedures. All merchandise entering and exiting your premises should be accounted for.
Screen employees carefully before hiring them. Check their backgrounds to be sure they have not been fired for behavior you find is dangerous or unacceptable.
Train employees in proper cash handling and security measures. Set policy regarding cash on hand and stick by it.
Research shows that employees steal from businesses that are impersonal to them and lack clear policies. Show employees you care about them and their property.
Provide a clean and orderly work environment with secure places for their personal belongings.
Offer them personal child protection and home crime prevention information obtained from local law enforcement agencies and national organizations.
Support their involvement in community organizations formed to prevent crime and help crime victims.
Businesses are robbed ten times more often than individuals, but common sense can reduce the chance of becoming a victim as well as the amount of money lost if you're robbed. Take this quiz to assess your vulnerability to robbery.
keep only small amounts on hand and advertise this fact?
make frequent bank deposits?
have a drop safe or time delay safe?
vary your deposit time and route?
count cash only in a private area?
have exterior and interior lighting that allows visibility into the store from the street?
have an emergency alarm system that works?
have a buddy system signal with a neighboring store in case suspicious persons enter?
keep seldom used doors and windows locked at all times?
use mirrors, cameras, or one way glass to observe all areas of the store?
more than one person to open and close?
careful screening before hiring?
care taken to have employees notify police about loiters who may be "casing" the store?
training on how to handle a robbery situation and effectively report it to the police?
Arranged your stock to allow clear visibility in the store?
Set up a signal for the police patrol officer in case of problems?
Arranged for a risk analysis security survey with the local police or sheriffs department?
Where you answered "NO," take corrective action now!
If Confronted By A Robber....
Stay as calm as possible. Try not to panic or show any signs of anger or confusion.
Consider your well-being and that of your employees as the highest priority. Don't escalate the incident into a violent confrontation in which someone may be injured or killed.
Make a conscious effort to get an accurate description of the robber(s): age, race, complex- ion, body build, height, weight, type and color of clothing.
After the robber leaves, call police immediately.
Burglary is a property crime that occurs when the business is closed. The burglar may enter through any opening (door, window, air conditioning duct, skylight) or even create one through an interior shared wall or an outside wall. Reduce your risk as much as possible. Burglary is a crime of opportunity that can be prevented.
Surveillance and Security are Critical
Lighting. Install bright interior and exterior lighting to make all openings visible from both the outside and the inside of the store.
Locks and Safes. Purchase high quality door locks and use them. Grills and storefront grates delay entry. Use an Underwriters Laboratory listed money safe, bolted to the floor and visible from the street.
Entry Control. Know who has a key and restrict access to the front door. Rekey the lock if a once-trusted employee is discharged for cause. Rekey locks annually if you have high turnover of employees. Consider an access control system rather than keys.
Intrusion Alert. Install a good quality alarm system to detect unauthorized entry. Check with your Better Business Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, law enforcement, and other businesses before you make this investment.
Windows. Consider burglary resistant glass in accessible areas. Unbreakable polycarbonate may work even better, particularly if you have high value items in window displays.
Environment. Keep areas around the store clean to aid visibility. Display your most valuable articles near the center of the store to force a burglar to take the longest possible escape route. Keep merchandise displays organized to allow maxi- mum visibility throughout the store. Check closets and restrooms before you lock up. You don't need an unwanted visitor staying inside your store after closing hours.
Take Action - Get Involved With Your Community
Learn about crime in your neighborhood and what is being done about it. Offer to help. You can provide expert advice, funding, publicity and meeting places for citizen efforts.
Try to hire employees from the neighborhood and make a special effort to give teens an opportunity to work.
Include crime prevention information in your staff memos and newsletters, customer statements and notices.
Role play a robbery situation with your employees.
If you use vehicles, teach your drivers to spot ) suspicious behavior and how to notify the police. If you're radio dispatched, train your dispatcher to report information effectively.
Learn about crime victim services in your area and help any employees who are victimized by a serious crime.
Bring the problems of business security, shop-lifting, vandalism, etc. to the attention of community leaders. Start a "Business Watch" to prevent crime.