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Did you know that if you can break into your home so can burglars? Two examples are an unlocked window or an extra key hidden under the welcome mat. 

burglaryFor a small investment of time and/or money, you can help protect your family and home from burglary, assault or vandalism. 

Tips to help secure your home:

  • Don’t leave a key under doormat or in a mailbox. Give your spare to a trusted neighbor.

  • Use a secondary lock or wooden dowel to secure sliding glass doors and windows by placing the dowel in the track.

  • If you move into a new house or apartment, have the locks changed.

  • Make sure all external doors have a well-installed deadbolt lock with a reinforcing metal strike plate.

  • Always keep the garage door closed and locked.

Check the outside:

  • Maintain your yard by trimming shrubbery so it doesn’t hide doors or windows.

  • Cut back tree limbs so a thief could not use them to climb into windows or on the roof.

  • Install outdoor lighting to help illuminate entrances and areas of your yard. Consider lighting with motion sensors or timers.

  • For other environmental crime prevention tips, visit

Check the doors:

  • Install exterior doors that are solid core or metal.

  • Make sure exterior doors fit tightly in their frames, install weather stripping around them if there is a gap.

  • Install a peephole or wide angle viewer in your entry door to verify who is on the other side.

Additional tips and considerations:

  • Consider an alarm. Check with several alarm companies and decide what level of security fits your needs.

  • Check with your insurance company to assess your coverage for theft and damage.

  • If you rent consider theft insurance.

  • Take pictures or video of your belongings and record any serial numbers or owner applied numbers if available. Keep these records in a safe place. Click here for a printable version of an inventory form.

  • Work with your neighbors to watch your neighborhood.

  • If you are going on vacation, have a neighbor or friend collect your mail and papers. You may also schedule a Vacation Home Check. Call 970-962-2239. The following information is needed to schedule a vacation home check:

    Date of absence
    Emergency contact

For additional tips visit: 

National Crime Prevention Council

National Sheriff's Association



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