The burglary incidents in our subdivision are increasing in numbers. This is crazy as we are in a gated subdivision and we have guards. I cannot help but feel worried about my family's safety and of course our home.
The homeowners' association are not doing what they are expected to do and I really am dismayed. My family took it upon ourselves to help and raise concern and awareness at least inside our household and our immediate neighbors.
I drafted this 'Burglary Prevention Tips' (plus emergency numbers) that I intended to attach to the circular the homeowners' association circular to be given to residents. I thought of sharing this as well here as it can help a lot more people having the same concerns.
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BURGLARY PREVENTION TIPS
Burglary can happen any time of the day, especially when everybody is out of the house. Here are some basic tips to make your home a less likely target:
- Identify vulnerable areas for break-in in your home and make necessary improvements.
- When you are not at home, make it look like somebody is there. Never leave clues that you are away. You may ask a trusted neighbor, family member or friend to look after your house during your absence.
- Keep your home and its perimeter well-lighted.
- Trim shrubs and trees to avoid giving burglars places to hide.
- Always lock your doors, windows and gates and keep your keys safe. Use double-locks, pins, deadbolts, metal chains and drop bars for added deterrence.
- Never let strangers enter your home. Verify service contractors/workers personality through their valid identification cards.
- Educate helpers and every member of the family about home security. Teach everyone how to keep safe and let them be aware about common burglars’ modus operandi.
- Always be alert to what is going around you – check strange vehicles parked in the area; ‘tambays’ and strangers loitering around especially those carrying big bags and backpacks; people making door-to-door solicitations; and strangers sticking ads and flyers to your gate; You have the right to question suspicious people in a respectful but firm manner.
- Look out for your neighbors and they would do the same for you. Malasakit is always appreciated.
- Consider owning a dog as they are great deterrents. Barking dogs create a disturbance that burglars usually avoid.
- Install security and alarm systems if possible.
- If your home is broken into:
- If you arrive at home and find it broken into do not enter as the perpetrator may still be inside.
- In the event that you are home when the burglars come in, determine if it is safer to flee or just remain still.
- Try to pay close attention to distinguishing physical features (scars, hair, height, weight, etc.), clothes, vehicle and direction of flight that may help authorities to identify the assailant.
- Call the police and/or security. Do not touch anything that may ruin important evidence or fingerprints.
- Repair damaged doors/windows/locks as soon as possible once the police are done with the investigation.
- Take proper measures to improve your security as many burglars break into the same home a second time.
- Report any suspicious activity to the police or security force. Don’t assume somebody already did. Every minute matters.
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I am posting this on a Thankful Thursday because I am thankful that despite the horrid things happening outside, me and my family are safe. The break-in attempt in our house late last year was aborted and hopefully will never happen again.
Be safe everyone!
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