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Many burglars will spend no longer than 60 seconds to try and break in your home. Good locks and good neighbors can be big deterrents to burglars.
Check the Locks:
Did you know that in almost half of all completed residential burglaries, thieves simply breezed in through unlocked doors or crawled through unlocked windows?
- Make sure every external door has a sturdy well installed dead bolt lock.
- Instead of hiding keys around the outside of your home, give an extra key to a neighbor you trust.
- Make sure all windows are locked.
- When you move to a new house or apartment rekey the locks.
Check the Outside:
Look at your house from the outside. Make sure you know the following tips:
- Thieves hate bright lights. Install outside lighting. Locate areas where motion lighting would best be utilized.
- Clearly display your house number so police and other emergency vehicles can find your home quickly.
- Make sure the landscaping in your yard doesn’t provide hiding places for thieves.
The Chesapeake Police Department provides free home security surveys. If you would like to schedule a survey please contact the Chesapeake Police Crime Prevention Unit, Officer S. Everette firstname.lastname@example.org 757-382-6223.