Burglary and theft are on the rise. Please look over some recommendations from the Loveland Police Division on how to reduce your risk.
- Do not allow bushes, shrubs, and trees to create blind spots or hiding places.
- Walkways, doors, and windows should be well lit.
- Have your house number visible from the road and well lit.
- All exterior doors should be solid core.
- All exterior door hinges should be security hinges installed with 3-inch screws.
- Install peepholes or video cameras at all exterior doors.
- Install auxiliary locks or place poles on all sliding windows and doors.
- Install auxiliary locks or pins on all windows.
- Install a deadbolt on the door from your garage to the interior of your house.
- Keep all doors and windows locked when not in use, in if you are home.
- If you are going to be away for an extended period, place a padlock in the track of your garage door.
- Never open the door unless you are sure who is on the other side.
- Bring all toys, tools, and other items inside overnight.
- Remove all valuables, including your garage door opener, from your car if it is left outside overnight.
- Never “check in” or post pictures from vacation while you are away on social media sites.
- Do not posted identifying information (social security number, birth date, etc) on the internet, including social media sites.
- Use a video camera or camera to record all valuables in your home.
Always remember the four D’s of crime prevention:
Deter – Lighting, trimmed bushes, alarm-monitoring signs, and other measures all deter criminals.
Delay – Properly working locks, 3-inch screws, glass block windows, and other similar measures all delay burglars and thieves.
Deny – Locking valuable items and papers in a safe, not leaving them in a car parked outside, and similar techniques deny items to a thief.
Detect – Dogs, alarms, and good neighbors all help detect thieves and burglars before they strike.