Scotland County Sheriff Office Neighborhood Watch

How to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary

Burglary Prevention


To reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary:

    • Put your address (numerical #s) on your mailbox or at the street for emergency personnel.                                 
    • Do not leave valuable items in plain view of windows.
    • Cut all bushes and trees back from around windows and doors to avoid hiding spots and shadows.
    • Do not leave spare keys hidden on your property: most burglars know all the common hiding spots.
    • Make sure exterior doors are solid wood core or metal.
    • All exterior doors should have double keyed deadbolt locks with a minimum bolt throw of 1-inch.
    • All door jams should have 3-inch screws.
    • Outside floodlights should be left on from dusk to dawn. Remove motion detectors and put in timers.
    • Put lights on alternating timers when you leave home and do not disconnect them when you are home.
    • Leave a radio on when you leave the house.
    • Do not open your door to anyone you do not know.

   Take a minute to answer this checklist to see how prepared you are.

    • Is your shrubbery trimmed so a burglar cannot hide near windows and doors?
    • Do your outside lights light up all the entrances to your home?
    • Are garage doors kept closed and locked at all times?
    • Are exterior doors solid and heavy duty and backed up with deadbolt locks?
    • Are sliding glass doors secured with secondary locks or pins?
    • Are windows secured with backup keyed locks or pinned with a nail?
    • Are doors locked at all times?
    • Are your valuables marked with your South Carolina driver's license number?
    • Do you have a listing of all valuables complete with model number, serial number, name brand, etc.?
    • Do you report suspicious persons or activity to the Sheriff's Dept. immediately?
Posted by sheriffoffice on 02/15/2015
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