Crime Prevention Information
Burglary Prevention-Part Two
Doors and Windows
- Doors are usually the first choice of burglars. All exterior doors should be supplemented with a double cylinder deadbolt lock with a 1 inch throw. Replace the locks that do not have a free totating bevel beauty ring.
- If "Lock Bumping" is a concern, then replace all exterior locks with newer "Anti-Lock Bump" locks.
- Exterior doors should have a solid core (2 3/4 thick is preferred) with hinge pins located on the interior. If the hinge pins are outside (outward swing door), replace the hinge with a security style hinge.
- Exterior doors without glass, should have a viewer installed at various heights to allow all the residents to look before opening the door.
- Teach all residents to check before opening the door. Keep the doors locked.
- Supplement the inside locks with a chain style, or something similar to the "door club".
- Replace the strike plate with a security style strike plate. Use 3 inch screws whenever possible. This allows the screw to dig into the framing of the home, not just the soft wood door frame.
- Sliding doors should be supplemented with locks, which if not supplied with the door, can be purchased at local hardware stores. A simple solution still in use, is the rod applied to the track of the sliding door.
- A rod cut to length can also be used for windows.
- Check your wall console for the garage door to see if it has a lock, which makes the car remote inoperable. If so, lock this overnight and anytime you are away from home for extended periods of time.
- Side or rear maintenance doors on the garage should have a double cyclinder deadbolt lock with a 1 inch throw.
Remember fire safety codes when installing deadbolt locks and window rods.
- Do not leave your name, and the dates when you will be gone on your answering machine.
- Avoid leaving your garage door remote in the car whenever possible. Also, avoid leaving the garage door opn as much as possible so that people cannot see what you have availble for them to steal. Sometimes this occurs while the homeowner is inside the residence unaware that someone has stolen items from the garage. In addition, the garage door should be closed overnight.
- Install and alarm if possible, and supplement with signage to indicate that an alarm is present.
- Ask a close friend or neighbor to watch your home when you are away for extended periods.
- Maintain your home. Both well maintained homes, and those that are not well maintained have items of value inside them. However, homes that are not well maintained tell a criminal that you are less likely to care about your home, and what happens to it. Therefore, you are less likely to prosecute too.
- Join or start a Neighborhood Watch program. Fort Wayne has a valuable tool and asset known as the Concerned Citizens Watch (CCW). These volunteers watch neighborhoods and special event such as the Johnny Appleseed Festival and other events. Visit the CCW link if you are interesting in joining them.
- Place heavy items such as as lawnmowers, snowblowers, etc. in front of any service entry doors (side entry garage door).
- Remove any garbage cans that would provide a "natural ladder" onto the roof of your home. Also, trees that are too close to the home may provide a way for an intruder to gain access to your roof or second floor windows.
The Fort Wayne Police Department would like to remind you to take precautions to protect your home. Take a moment, stand back,and look at your home from a distance. Then move closer to your home. Be truthful with yourself...does your home look like an easy target for a criminal? If so, do something about it.