The Dallas PD recommends the use of a manual throw bolt on your automatic garage door or to turn off the system at night. Some burglars have driven down streets or alleys with automatic door openers set at different frequencies. Later they drive back down the street to see which doors have opened and whether the occupants have noticed. They then have the seclusion of the garage in which to gain entry to the home.
With the warm weather comes a tendency to be more lax about home security. Windows and doors are left open more frequently. Doors are not always locked while people go for a walk or visit with a neighborhood for a moment.
However, almost all types of crime increase in warm weather. There are a lot of construction and yard workers around every day. Some of these companies may hire day laborers that have a criminal history. With the increased activity also comes a greater chance that neighbors will not notice suspicious activity.
Play it safe by keeping doors and windows locked at all times, even when you are out in your yard. It is not uncommon for burglars to strike during the day, entering the back of the house while neighbors are in the front, or vice versa.
Keep garage doors closed, many thieves cruise around neighborhoods just looking for an opportunity. It only takes a moment for a thief to pull up in your driveway grab some lawn equipment or bicycles and takes off. This is a very common type of summer crime.
So-be careful and remember if you see anything suspicious, don’t hesitate to call 911
The DPD offers free home security surveys to all Dallas residents. The crime prevention specialist who will inspect your home may be able to point out areas of weak security in your home of which you may not be aware. They often can offer suggestions for inexpensive methods to make your home more secure for your family.
Take advantage of this service, which may also qualify your home for a homeowner’s insurance discount. Call 214-670-4427 for more details about the requirements for an insurance reduction and to schedule an appointment.
Effective outdoor lighting can be an important security measure. The DPD believes that given the choice between a well-lighted home or one that is not, the would-be criminal will chose to hit the one that does not have adequate lighting every time.
The Dallas Police Department encourages every homeowner to have a personal home security survey. The DPD surveys are performed by Crime Prevention Specialists who have extensive training in home security and lighting and will be able to answer any questions you may have. There is no charge for this service. Call your closest substation to schedule a survey.