Helpful Tips To Prevent Burglaries

bullet Teach your children how to use all emergency telephone numbers, and place all emergency telephone numbers by all of your telephones.
bullet Always double check doors and windows to make sure they are locked.
bullet Be sure your garage door is secured. Do not leave your garage door open. If leaving town disconnect manual release rope.
bullet Don't hide a spare key under the doormat or under a flowerpot. Burglars know all the good hiding places.
bullet Whenever you go outside, lock the door and take the key with you, even if you are stepping out for a short period of time.
bullet Do not keep cash or valuable jewelry around the house.
bullet Don't put valuables where they can be seen through your windows, especially items that can be easily carried away.
bullet Keep any tools that could be used to break into your home safely locked away in a garage or shed.
bullet If someone comes to your door asking to use the telephone, make the call yourself. NEVER LET THEM INTO YOUR HOME!
bullet Get a barking dog, or "beware of dog" sign.
bullet When you aren't home, use a timer to turn interior lights on and off at varying intervals to appear as though you are home.  
bullet Before going on vacation notify a friend, relative or neighbor to keep newspapers and door hangers from building up. You can also assign them their own access code in your security system.
bullet Invest in solid doors and good quality locks for your doors and windows. This includes all sliding glass doors as well. Make it not only difficult but also time consuming for a burglar to gain entry.
bullet Plant thorny bushes under all windows. Trim back any trees or shrubs near doors and windows to eliminate hiding places for would-be burglars.
bullet Engrave all valuables such as stereos, microwaves, video cameras, with your driver's license number. Engraving tools are usually available through your local law enforcement agency.
bullet Videotape the contents of your home. Keep the video and the list of all valuables in a safe place away from your home, such as a bank safety deposit box.
bullet Invest in an affordable alarm system from Choice Security.

More Tips Written by a Law Enforcement Officer:

Crucial because of recent abductions in daylight hours, refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation. This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children, everyone you know. After reading these 10 crucial tips, forward them to the people you care about. It never hurts to be careful.

bullet 1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!
bullet 2. This was learned from a tour guide. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you. Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet or purse than you, and he will go for it instead of you! RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!
bullet 3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out a back tail light and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy.. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.
bullet 4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON'T DO THIS!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR , LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF. Repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.
bullet 5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat.
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
C.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side... If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)
bullet 6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!
bullet 7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, Preferably in a zig-zag pattern!
bullet 8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked 'for help' into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
bullet 9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird.. The police told her 'Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door..' The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, 'We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.' He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.
bullet 10. Water scam! If you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a burst pipe, DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all your outside taps full blast so that you will go out to investigate and then attack. Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors!

This should be taken seriously. The 'Crying Baby Theory' was mentioned on America's Most Wanted when they profiled the serial killer in Louisiana that played a recording of a baby crying to get women to open their doors. There have also been cases of killers turning on water spickets full blast to get their victims to come outside. If something seems strange Do NOT open the door! We'd like you to forward this to everyone you know. It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle. This was written for ladies. But guys, you're not invincible either. Also, since you do love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc., you may want to pass it on to them, as well. It's better to be safe than sorry. Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this. It may save your own or a loved one's life.