Craig Markham has spent the last fifteen years as a law enforcement professional. Charged with preventing crime and protecting the life and property of the community, he’s seen it all. For homeowners, it is important to establish a plan to prevent yourself from becoming the victim of a crime. Here are some crime prevention tips that every homeowner should follow.
Walk around your property and look for weaknesses in your security that could allow potential burglars to target you. A committed burglar can usually find a way into your home, but doing your due diligence can make it more difficult to gain entry.
Always, lock your doors and windows. While this may seem obvious, more than 40 percent of all burglaries don’t involve forced entry. Make sure all the doors that lead to the outside have deadbolts installed and always lock the door leading into the house from the garage.
Don’t hide a key under the doormat or a fake rock. It is better to give a spare key to a neighbor. However, if you must keep a spare key outside, place it in a combination lockbox.
Keep expensive items tucked away to keep you from becoming a target. Keep both cars in the garage, and keep expensive jewelry in a safe deposit box.
You can prevent yourself from becoming the victim of a crime by remaining vigilant and aware of the activities happening in your neighborhood. Craig Markham has spent the last fifteen years in law enforcement, speaking daily with members of the community and helping to prevent crime.