Sheriff's Corner

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By The Staff

A burglary is committed every 10 seconds in the United States. Some of these burglaries even occur in gated communities where often time residents have become complacent about safety issues.

A false sense of security dictates that this will never happen to me, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Most burglars take the path of least resistance and look for an open window or unlocked door.

Most burglars usually have a good working knowledge of different types of doors and windows, how they work and their weak points.

Combat this with solid exterior doors with a wide angle door viewer to see who comes to the door. Sliding glass doors are defeated easily so install a quality lock or cut off a broomstick handle and place it in the track.

Other effective deterrents may be keeping shrubbery and trees trimmed back and having motion detection lights that are activated if someone prowls near your home.

If you go on vacation, have a trusted neighbor or friend pick up your mail, newspapers and flyers.

Have them park a car in the driveway and give them a key to do "pop in" checks periodically. Make sure your lawn is cared for and consider having some lights which switch on by timers or even play a radio while you are gone.

As you can see with very little time and money, you can improve your home security and decrease your chances of becoming a victim. Just remember to always report suspicious activity.