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Preventing Home Invasion
Below are some simple things that you can do to prevent home invasions.

When you are at home:
  • Keep house numbers easy to see, in the event of an emergency.
  • Program interior lights and leave more then one light on at night.
  • Leave front and back outside lights on every night of the year.
  • Trim shrubbery and other landscaping to eliminate any hiding places.

In your neighborhood:
  • Plan with someone else that you will check with one another every day or night.
  • Have meetings with your Block Watch group to discuss how you can watch out for one another more effectively.
  • If you don't have a car, have a neighbor park his car in your driveway.

In and around your home:
  • Do not use door chains. Use strong devices that allow you to open the door a couple of inches.
  • Women living alone should leave men's boots or other indications that a couple of people reside there.
  • Seniors should leave toys and other indications that a family resides there.
  • Reinforce door frames and all doors.
  • Put more than one deadbolt on doors.
  • For windows consider safety film or bars.
  • Don't trust screen doors, they don't keep intruders out.
  • Use a security alarm, personal panic alarm and intercom systems.
  • Place long pieces of wood right across back or basement doors.
  • Have a "safe room" in the house where you can go and lock the doors.  Have a phone in this room and keep your Block Watch map nearby so you can phone trusted neighbors after you call 9-1-1.

Outside your home:
  • Do not confront intruders.
  • Do not open doors until you are satisfied that it is safe to do so.
  • Answer "I'll get it" even if you live alone or are the only one at home.
  • Always let people know you are home. Answer through a window.
  • Teach children to never answer or open a door without an adult at the door with them.