From The "Law Dog"

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Home Burglary Protection

Protect Your Home

  • When you leave home, even for a few minutes, make sure that all doors and windows are locked.

  • Make sure all locks on doors and windows are in working order.

  • Dead bolt door locks are recommended and should, when in the locked position, slide into the door jam a minimum of one inch.

  • Keep your garage door closed and locked, whether you are home or not. An open garage provides a burglar with all the tools he will need to break into your home.

  • Keep a list and photos or a video of your possessions, including the model and serial number, description and value.

  • Observe carefully and report all suspicious persons and vehicles. Be sure to get the correct license numbers of suspect vehicles.

  • Report any crime to the Sheriff’s Office at once and be willing to testify in court.

  • Cooperate with officers investigating an offense in your neighborhood.

  • Keep valuable stamp, jewelry and coin collections in a safe deposit box rather than at home.

  • Trim your shrubbery around doors and windows so it will not provide a hiding place for burglars or cover a point-of-entry view for police or neighbors.

  • Keep all your vehicles locked and do not leave property in your vehicle.

  • Do not leave property unattended in your yard, including lawn mowers, garden tools, and bicycles.

  • Be cautious of strangers. A burglar rarely looks like a burglar. When in doubt, call the Sheriff’s Office.

  • When you are out in the yard, lock the doors. Daylight burglaries while people are at home are common.

  • Never admit anyone into your home unless you know him or her. Demand credentials before admitting salesmen or repairmen, particularly if you have not requested their services. Refuse to deal with any caller who does not present proper ID and notify the Sheriff’s Office immediately.

  • Never leave notes on your door informing anyone you are not home. Do not hide your keys outside of your home. Burglars know where to look.

  • When you leave town, arrange for someone to mow your yard and pick up your mail and newspapers. If possible, set timers to switch the lights on and off at predetermined times and locations within the house. A residence that presents a lived-in appearance is a deterrent to burglars. Leave information on your whereabouts with a trusted neighbor. Ask them to watch your house.

  • Be sure all gates are securely locked.

  • Be careful about posting information about your daily routine, new purchases, or vacation plans on Facebook and other social media sites. Crooks do check these sites for information and your address is easier to pinpoint than you think.


    Join or create a Neighborhood Watch Program. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office can assist you. Please contact the Community Relations Unit for more information, at 727-844-7759.