Below are a list of safety tips to help you protect your home:
- Know your neighbors and report any suspicious activity.
- If you have double-hung windows, bolt the upper and lower sashes together or insert a metal bar in the track to prevent opening
- Most home burglaries occur during the day, so always lock all doors and windows whenever you go out.
- Alarm systems are an effective deterrent and should include an audible alarm.
- Use timers to turn on interior and exterior lights.
- Install motion-detector outdoor lights around your home.
- Use an etching pen to mark an ID number, like your driver's license number, on valuables.
- Make an inventory of valuables in your household and store it somewhere other than your home, such as in a safe deposit box.
- Never open the door to a stranger. Install peepholes in all exterior doors so you can identify whoever is outside.
- Ask for ID from service representatives who come to your home, and if they don't have it, check with their company to verify identity before letting them in.
- When vacationing, leave a car in your driveway or arrange for a neighbor to keep a car there and move it around from time to time.
- For long trips be sure to stop your mail and newspaper delivery or have a neighbor collect them daily.
- Whenever you move to a new home, change the locks.
- Many garage door openers respond to common codes, so follow the manufacturer's instructions to program yours with a unique code no burglar's opener will match.
- Keep your garage door locked at all times, preferably with a deadbolt lock.
- When having a car parked or serviced, leave only the car keys.
For additional information or to report suspicious activity in your neighborhood call the Highland Beach Police Department at (561) 266-5800.