Every summer, residents all over Grand Rapids report that someone walked into their home or apartment and took a TV, laptop, iPod, purse or wallet. These thefts occur when the resident is out in the yard or in another part of the house and have left a door unlocked.
Most thieves want to get in and out quickly and quietly. They prefer unlocked doors and windows and would rather you be gone. But if you leave a door open, they have been known to step in and lift a wallet or purse from a kitchen counter while you are relaxing in front of the TV.
Because we are more likely to leave windows open and doors unlocked in summer months, we are more vulnerable to these easy entry burglaries. Here are some tips that will make it more difficult and risky for thieves to get into your home without being observed a reported to the police.
Add a hook-and-eye latch to your screen door– thieves often cut the screen and unlock the latch. If you add a latch high up or down near the floor, the intruder might have to make some noise to break in. You can also purchase cheap (under $10.00) alarms that you can stick to the door and the door frame. These will go off when the door is opened.
Pin all your first floor windows so that they can be opened for ventilation, but still secured so no one can climb through the window. Call Mary at 456-9190 to get a free instruction sheet.
If you are out in your front yard or back yard, lock any door you can’t see.
Put away or secure all ladders because they can be used to get into your home or your neighbors. Police get reports of thieves using ladders found on the property to reach second-story windows that are unlocked.
Always leave outside lights on all night long. Inexpensive, screw-in sensors will turn lights on at dusk and off at dawn. Lighting makes your home look occupied. Inside lights should be on timers when you are on vacation. Set them to go on and off automatically during the evening.
Never leave anything that don’t want to lose outside in the yard, or on the porch or in an unlocked garage. Use good locks on bikes or yard equipment. Chains are easily cut.
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