BY SUSAN SALISBURY
COPYRIGHT 2012 COX NEWSPAPERS
Here are some specific tips for making your home more burglar-proof, provided by Officer K. Tucker-Carsillo, Crime Prevention Unit, West Palm Beach, Fla., Police Department:
Use your double-lock feature if you have one. Pin the door to ensure it cannot be lifted or slid open.
Place a broom handle in the tracks of your sliders.
Inspect the lock on the sliders provided by the builder; they may be weak.
Adjust the rollers on the door for less play.
Lock your doors at all times.
Use a pick plate and make sure the dead bolt fits deep into the frame.
Use a door chain or slide lock on the inside.
Replace any rotten wood.
* Use your alarm. Alarms can be adjusted to fit your needs.
* See if you have battery backup in case the alarm wires are cut.
* Consider getting glass-break sensors.
* Increase your lighting in the rear (motion sensors, decorative lights).
* Trim your hedges.
* Meet your neighbors.
* Report anyone suspicious; pay attention to workers and strangers.
* Look outside and around your home; be aware of what is going on outside.
* Stop your mail, paper and ask a neighbor to park a car in your driveway.
* Have a friend check your home.
* When you leave home, keep your blinds closed and a TV or radio and lights on.
* Consider using light and TV timers.
* Move your valuables out of your master bedroom to a different area of the house. This is the first place burglars go to find your jewelry.
* Take a photo of your jewelry, and record your make and model and serial numbers of your valuables.
* If your alarm box has a lock with a key, take the key out of your alarm box, and hide it in a different location.
Susan Salisbury writes for The Palm Beach Post. Story Filed By Cox Newspapers.
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