Lock all doors and win­dows

The Avenue News - - Police -

The Bal­ti­more County Po­lice De­part­ment re­ports that bur­glar­ies in the county are of­ten­times com­mit­ted through un­locked doors or win­dows. Stop these thefts. The best de­ter­rent to keep thieves from steal­ing your prop­erty is a lock and key.

Don’t as­sume you are safe just be­cause you are at home. It’s nice to open the win­dows and let the fresh air into our homes, but re­mem­ber these tips to avoid a bur­glary. Lock win­dows on the first floor or ground floor even if there is an en­closed or screened-in porch. It takes so lit­tle time and ef­fort to cut through screen mesh and gain ac­cess to a home or apart­ment. Se­cure base­ment win­dows and doors. It can be easy to for­get about this area of the house when we’re run­ning in and out do­ing chores. Place a se­cu­rity bar, of­ten re­ferred to as “Char­lie bars,” be­tween the pa­tio slid­ing door and doorjamb. Don’t as­sume that the latch on the door is se­cure enough to ward

off a thief.

Work­ing Out­side? Stop a Bur­glar

Of­ten, bur­glars watch and wait to see where you are and what you are do­ing. Lock up while you spruce up. Out work­ing in the yard or gar­den? Make sure all doors and win­dows – sheds, garages, pa­tio, and house – are closed and locked. This is es­pe­cially true if you are in the front yard and the stor­age area is in the back, or vice versa. Carry a key with you to lock and un­lock these doors.

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