Sheriff John Everett encourages you to review your home’s security and make any needed improvements to help prevent break-ins. Walk around the perimeter of your home and objectively evaluate its vulnerability. Try to look at it the way a burglar would and make any changes or improvements that you can.

Lock It Up:

All doors to the outside should have working locks.

Garage and shed doors need working locks too.

All windows should have working locks.

Keep all doors to the outside, sliding doors, and windows locked.

Be Able to Get Out:

Make sure everyone can open all locks from inside your home.

Don’t have deadbolt locks that lock with an inside key. You need to get out fast if a fire starts. A missing key could trap you inside.

Replace inside key locks with deadbolt locks that have a “thumb turn” instead of an indoor key.

Make sure everyone in your family can reach the “thumb turn” latch.

Have window locks that open from inside. Do not nail windows shut. Make sure they open easily.

If you have security bars on doors and windows, have a “quick-release” latch. This makes it easy to get outside in an emergency.

Make sure everyone in your family knows how to use the latch.

Don’t Help Burglars:

Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed under windows so burglars can’t hide.

Keep ladders stored in a locked shed or garage so they can’t be used to climb into your home.

Keep shades or curtains closed over garage and shed windows.

Keep shades or curtains closed over your home windows after dark.

Put bright lights over porches and walkways in the front and back of your home.

Don’t leave toys, tools and equipment in the yard.

When You are Gone a Few Days:

Make your home look like someone is there.

Do yard work before you leave.

Have a family member or friend bring in your mail and newspaper while you are gone.

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