Home Safety Tips

Posted in: Old Farm
Checklist For Going Out-of-Town:

Leave a light on somewhere in the house, preferably on a timer;
Have someone move your garbage can, yard waste cans, and recycling bin back into place;
Have someone pick up your mail, packages, & newspapers (even if you have called and requested that these things be held;)
Run a radio loud enough to be heard upon entering the home;
Let your neighbors know the dates you will be away;
Check your motion detector lights to make sure they are working before leave;
Never have a recording on your answering machine that tells the caller that you are away from home. An alternative is: ''I'm not available now.''
Have a neighbor park in your driveway or in front of your home;
If away for an extended period of time have someone take care of your yard.
Request that the C.O.P. (Citizen Observer Patrol, a community policing program sponsored by the Durham Police Dept.) check your house while you are away. C.O.P. will also check on the elderly or infirm while patrolling your neighborhood. Call the Crime Prevention Officer at your police substation.

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