Major Norm Belson, LLC
December 13, 2009
· Invest in solid doors and good quality locks on doors and windows. This includes all sliding glass doors as well. Make it not only difficult but also time consuming for a burglar to gain entry. Burglars do not want to make noise so force them to use force to gain entry!
· Invest in a good quality, monitored security system (Challenger), a perimeter camera system with DVR and IR capability and motion sensor lights installed out of reach. Keep your alarm on at all times – chime mode will give you advance notice
· Have Madico glass protection applied to all your windows to provide superb protection against burglars, dynamic entries, hurricanes, sudden windstorms, flying debris, UV fading of furnishings, reduce air conditioning costs, improve privacy and enhance optics.
· Keep all doors and windows locked at all times. Whenever you go outside, lock the door and take the key with you, even if you are just stepping next door or out mowing the back yard.
· Be sure to keep vehicles not parked in your garage locked at all times.
· Don’t put valuables where they can be seen from the window, especially items that can be easily carried. This applies to automobiles as well as your home.
· Be sure your garage door can be secured. Do not leave it open when you are away; an empty garage broadcasts your absence.
· When you aren’t home, use a timer set to turn interior lights on and off at varying intervals as though your home was still occupied. Make arrangements to have your mail, packages and newspapers picked up by a neighbor.
· Don’t leave large amounts of cash, firearms or jewelry around the house. Such items must be secured in a safe.
· If someone comes to your door asking to use the telephone, make the call yourself. Don’t invite them in!
· Don’t hide a spare key under the doormat or under a flowerpot. Thieves know all the good hiding places.
· Plant thorny bushes under all windows. Trim trees and shrubs near doors and windows to eliminate hiding places for would-be thieves.
· Don’t leave ladders outside. Keep any tools that could be used to break into your home or as weapons safely locked away in a garage or shed.
· Get a barking dog or “beware of dog” signs. If you own a dog and go out of town, have someone come in and care for your dog in your home.
· Always double check doors at night and lock all windows.
· Engrave all valuables such as stereos, microwaves, video cameras, with your driver’s license number. Videotape the contents of your home. Keep the video and the list of all valuables in a safe place, such as a safety deposit box.
· ALWAYS TREAT YOUR HOME AS A VALUED CRIMINAL OBJECTIVE! Remember that it is always easier to keep them out than it is to throw them out! Infantry rules apply -- protect from the outside in and defend from the inside out!
Stay Safe! Norm & Jane Belson Home 727-535-9151
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