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  • Warding off burglars: 31 tips

  • Pa. State Police, Honesdale, has issued the following tips for citizens to help prevent burglaries.
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  • Pa. State Police, Honesdale, has issued the following tips for citizens to help prevent burglaries.
    • If you discover your home broken into, DO NOT ENTER - a trapped burglar is dangerous.
    • Call the police immediately- Always protect the scene -vital evidence may be destroyed needlessly. Avoid handling any articles which may have fingerprints on them, including papers.
    • Provide the police with an itemized, detailed list of the stolen property, including any identifying marks.
    • If the burglar is caught, do not hesitate to testify against him, otherwise he cannot be convicted.
    • Lock your windows and equip them with one of several devices which limit the height they can be raised. Restrict the opening to a maximum of four inches.
    • Most of the newer homes have basement windows of a type which reasonably will preclude entry, even if broken.
    • Older residences are frequently entered through the larger basement windows. Make sure your windows are outfitted so entry through them is prevented.
    • Equip your exterior doors with good locks.
    • The most effective locks are the square section dead bolt or the dead-fall-interlocking type.
    • Most homes have a side or rear door which have large glass panels, it is a simple matter for a burglar to break nine small comer of the glass panel, reach in, and unlock the door.
    To combat this, install a double cylinder dead bolt lock which requires a key both inside and out A chain guard is not recommended; however, if one is installed, it should be low enough so that the thief cannot reach it.
    • Leave a radio playing softly while you are away.
    • This will lead the burglar to believe that the apartment or house is occupied.
    • Do not allow accumulation of mail, newspaper, handbills, etc., in the mailbox or on the porch.
    • Stop deliveries.
    • Have a dependable neighbor clear your porch of all items.
    • Arrange to have your immediate neighbor watch your house while you are away. Leave a key with them and a telephone number where you can be reached in an emergency. DON'T leave door keys in mail chutes, under doormats or on top of door frames. Burglars know all these places. Don't make ft easy for them.
    • If a prowler Is spotted, go to the telephone, dial 911 or the operator, and ask for Police Emergency.
    • Give the answering officer the prowler's description and the other pertinent data. DON'T try to capture him yourself. A trapped prowler is dangerous.
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    • Keep your garage locked.
    • Undoubtedly there are ladders and tools stored there which could possibly assist the burglar.
    • The theft of garden tools such as power mowers is also on the increase.
    • Remove the keys from your garaged automobiles.
    • Close your garage door each time you leave, even though you may be gone for only a short time.
    • An open garage door and no automobile in view is an indication to the burglar that no one is at home.
    • An unlighted home during the hours lights should normally be seen is another indication to the burglar that no one is home (especially in the early evening hours when there is still daylight but lights are necessary inside). To prevent this "not at home" indication, a U.L, approved, automatic timer should be utilized.
    • These can be set to turn on a light in your home at a time when lights are expected to be on.
    • It will also turn off the light at your normal retirement
    • A constant light in a room which cannot be looked into from the outside, such as a bathroom, is a good idea.
    • Be cautious about leaving doors unlocked while working outside.
    • Some burglars walk the streets looking for a home owner who is working in the yard, shoveling snow, painting, or at similar chores.
    • They gain entry through the front door while the person is in the backyard, or through me backdoor if the person is working in the front yard.
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