Crime Prevention Information
Home Burglary Prevention Tips Part (9)
If There is a Death in the Family
Some burglars read obituaries and know people will be gone from the home during a funeral. If there is a death in the family, arrangements should be made for a house-sitter the day of the funeral.
The homeowner should participate in Operation Identification (see Chapter Twenty-Seven for more detailed information about Operation Identification), if it is offered by the local police or sheriff’s department. If Operation Identification is not locally offered, they should purchase an engraver on their own.
The homeowner should engrave their social security number (preceded by their state abbreviation) on items of value such as TV’s, stereos, VCR’s, cameras, sporting equipment, tools, etc. They should photograph unmarkable items such as china, silver or jewelry.
The homeowner should make a complete inventory of household goods, including serial numbers of valuables. The inventory and a photo or videotape of the items should be secured in a rented band safe deposit box.
If they are available, Operation Identification stickers should be placed on the front door, front window or other clearly visible location after the items of value have been engraved.
Neighborhood Watch (see Chapter Twenty-Six for more detailed information about Neighborhood Watch) is a crime prevention program that uses citizens, in cooperation with law enforcement, to reduce crime in their communities. It involves neighbors getting to know each other, taking the time to watch out for each other, and working together in a program of mutual assistance.
Neighborhood Watch is an effective means of reducing residential burglaries. By participating in Neighborhood Watch, the homeowner will learn:
3 Effective crime prevention techniques for home safety and security.
3 How to become law enforcement’s “eyes and ears” and help them provide security to residential areas.
3 How to report a crime: what to look for, how to describe an intruder, vehicle or activity and what additional information to give.