By Sonny Shrivastava
Nobody likes crime in his or her neighborhood, but did you know that most crime is opportunistic and not something that is neighborhood specific? That's right! If we all come together as a community by taking individual steps to make our homes unattractive targets for opportunistic thieves and vandals, we can improve the entire area. Here are some tips on how to reduce crime in Windmill Village, Sundance, and surrounding communities.
Tips to Prevent Burglary
Can you get into your house through an unlocked window, or by using a hidden key under a rock, flower pot, or door mat? If you can get in, so can a thief! It's easy to make your home more secure and reduce your chances of being a victim.
Secure your home:
- Secure sliding glass doors with track locks or even a broomstick in the track to keep the door from being opened from the outside.
- Secure windows by using track locks or slide a bolt through a hole drilled into the corners from the inside.
- Do not hide keys anywhere on your property.
- Give a spare key to a trusted neighbor.
- If you just bought a new home, change the locks or have them re-keyed.
Check the Doors:
- Ensure exterior doors are metal or 1 3/4″ wood.
- Doors should always fit tightly and hinge pins should always be on the inside.
- See who is at your door by installing a peephole or wide-angle viewer in your entry doors.
- Always secure your garage door by putting a padlock through the roller track, especially when you are on vacation.
- Keep your garage service door locked. This door is often behind a gate and hidden from the front, making it an attractive target for a burglar.
- Lock the door from the garage to your home and make sure you have a deadbolt.
Discourage Burglars from Targeting Your Home:
- Trim shrubs and trees to make your front door visible from the street.
- Trim tree limbs that could be used to climb into a window.
- Keep outside lights on after dark to light up porches, entrances and yards. This includes the back of your home. Use timers and motion detectors to turn on lights and to make it look like someone is home.
- Lobby the HOA to keep up the appearance of the community. A neighborhood that looks run down tends to attract criminals.
- Report broken street lights to APS or the HOA. Report suspicious or abandoned vehicles to the Police.
- Keep an inventory of all personal belongings, and keep this list in a safe and secure location.
- Use this Serial Number Tracking Form to help police find stolen items.
- Take the Home and Business Security Survey to know if you are doing the right things.
- Contact your homeowners' insurance company to add theft insurance.
- Join a Neighborhood Crime Watch group by contacting the Buckeye Police Department.
- If you notice a damaged screen, a broken window, or an open door, don’t go in! Call the Buckeye Police Department at (623) 523-0234.
- If it sounds like someone is breaking into your home, call 9-1-1 immediately! Leave safely if you can, otherwise lock yourself in a room. If the burglar enters your room, pretend to be asleep.
Windmill Village, Sundance, and surrounding communities are general safe and have very low incidents of crime according to the Buckeye Police Department. However, you should always take steps to make your house the least attractive target to a potential burglar or vandal.
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