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  • mpd5d_coordinator
    5D Community, For other Burglary, tips visit http://mpdc.dc.gov/burglary Organize meetings to brainstorm how you can help each
    Message 1 of 2 , May 29, 2007
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      5D Community,

      For other Burglary, tips visit http://mpdc.dc.gov/burglary
      <http://mpdc.dc.gov/burglary>





      Organize meetings to brainstorm how you can help each other, such as
      starting an escort service for the elderly…AND join the Fifth
      District Senior Latch Key Program. Seniors Contact your PSA Lieutenant
      TODAY to sign up on 202 698-0268.

      FYI

      Fayette Vaughn-Lee

      5D Community Outreach Coordinator

      202 698-0188

      Burglary Prevention

      Have you ever been locked out of your home? Were you able to get in
      anyway? Now think about it…if you could break into your own home, it
      is just as easy for someone else to break in, too. One out of 10 homes
      will be burglarized this year, and many intruders will spend no more
      than 60 seconds trying to break into a home. The best prediction of a
      future burglary is a past burglary. Therefore, it is important to take
      preventative measures now. Strong locks—and good neighbors who look
      out for one another—can be effective deterrents to burglars. Here
      are a few tips that can help you keep you—and your property—safe
      and secure.

      Check Your Locks

      * Make sure every external door has a strong, well-installed dead
      bolt lock. Key-in-the-knob locks alone are not enough.
      * Sliding glass doors offer easy access if they are not properly
      secured. You can secure them by putting a broomstick or dowel in the
      inside track to jam the door or by installing commercially available
      locks. To prevent the door being lifted off of the track, drill a hole
      through the sliding door frame and the fixed frame. Then insert a pin in
      the hole.
      * Lock double-hung windows with key locks or "pin" your windows by
      drilling a small hole at a 45-degree angle between the inner and outer
      frames, then insert a nail that can be removed. You should secure
      basement windows with grilles or grates (but make sure that they can be
      opened from the inside in case of fire).
      * Never hide keys around the outside of your home. Instead, give an
      extra key to a neighbor you trust.
      * When you move into a new house or apartment, re-key the locks.

      Check Your Doors

      While we all like to feel that once we close and lock our doors,
      we're safe and secure, the truth of the matter is that a lock on a
      flimsy door is about as effective as locking your car door but leaving
      the window down with your wallet on the front seat.

      * All outside doors should be metal or solid wood.
      * Install a peephole or wide-angle viewer in all entry doors so that
      you can see who is outside without opening the door. Door chains break
      easily and don't keep out intruders.

      If your doors don't fit tightly in their frames, install weather
      stripping around them.

      Check the Outside

      Take a look at your home from the outside, and keep in mind the
      following tips to help make your home as safe as it can be:

      * Burglars hate bright lights. Install outside lights and keep them
      on at night. Motion-detector lights can be particularly effective.
      * Keep your yard clean. Prune shrubbery so it does not hide windows
      or doors. Cut back tree limbs that a burglar could use to climb to an
      upper-level window.
      * If you travel, create the illusion that you are at home by getting
      timers that will turn lights (and perhaps a television or radio) on and
      off in different parts of your home throughout the day and evening
      hours. Lights burning 24 hours a day signal an empty house.
      * Leave shades, blinds, and curtains in normal positions. In
      addition, make sure you do not let your mail and/or newspapers pile up.
      Call the post office and newspaper to stop delivery or have a neighbor
      pick them up.
      * Make a list of your valuables, such as VCRs, stereos, computers,
      and jewelry. Take pictures of the items, list their serial numbers and
      description. This will help police if your home is burglarized.
      * Ask your District police station for a free home security survey.
      * When getting work done on your vehicle, leave only the vehicle key
      for the service personnel. The same goes for car park attendants and
      valets.

      If you are having work done on your vehicle, give the service station
      your business address – not your home address.

      Burglars Can Do More Than Just Steal

      While most burglars prefer to strike when no one is home, intruders can
      commit other crimes such as rape, robbery, and assault if they are
      surprised by someone entering the home, or if they pick a home that is
      occupied.

      * If something looks questionable – a slit screen, a broken
      window or an open door – do not go in. Call the police from a
      neighbor's house, a cell phone, or a public phone.
      * At night, if you think you hear someone breaking in, leave safely
      if you can, then call the police. If you cannot leave, lock yourself in
      a room with a phone and call the police. If an intruder is in your room,
      pretend you are asleep.
      * One other important note – never leave a message on your
      answering machine that indicates that you may not be at home, or that
      you live alone. Instead, say, "We're not available right
      now."

      What If I Live in an Apartment?

      While apartment living is a little different from living in a single
      family home, there are still some additional things that you can do to
      make sure that you, your loved ones, and your property remain safe and
      secure. Similar to Neighborhood Watch, members of an Apartment Watch
      learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for one another and
      members of the community, and report crime and suspicious activity to
      the police. Some things you can do:

      * Never let anyone you do not know into your building or past
      security doors.
      * Organize citizen patrols to walk around the apartment complex and
      alert police to crime and suspicious activities. Do not forget to patrol
      parking lots, stairways, laundry rooms, and playgrounds.
      * Publish a newsletter that gives local crime news, recognizes
      Apartment Watch captains, and highlights community activities.
      * Have a reception in the lobby of your building or a cookout on
      common property so neighbors can get to know one another.
      * Start a Safe Haven Program for children – places where they can
      go in emergency or scary situations.

      * Check the complex on a regular basis for problems such as
      burned-out light bulbs, dark corridors, uncollected trash, or broken
      locks on mailboxes and doors. Report any such problems to the building
      manager. Keep pressure on management to make sure it provides adequate
      security.

      Organize meetings to brainstorm how you can help each other, such as
      starting an escort service for the elderly…AND join the Fifth
      District Senior Latch Key Program. Seniors Contact your PSA Lieutenant
      TODAY to sign up on 202 698-0268.





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    • mpd5d_coordinator
      Tips for protecting your home from burglary, forced entry, and home invasion Don t be a target. Have you ever been locked out of your home? Were you able to
      Message 2 of 2 , Aug 30, 2007
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        Tips for protecting your home from burglary, forced entry, and home
        invasion



        Don't be a target.

        Have you ever been locked out of your home? Were you able to get in
        anyway?



        Now think about it…if YOU could break into your own home, it's
        just as easy for someone else to break in, too. Many intruders will
        spend no more than 60 seconds trying to break into a home. The best
        prediction of a future burglary is a past burglary. Therefore, it is
        important to take preventive measures now. Strong locks — and good
        neighbors who look out for one another — can be effective deterrents
        to burglars. Here are a few tips that can help you keep you and your
        property safe and secure.



        Check Your Locks

        Make sure every external door has a strong, well-installed dead bolt
        lock. .Key-in-the-knob locks alone are not enough. Sliding glass doors
        offer easy access to burglars if they are not properly secured. You can
        secure them by putting a broomstick or dowel in the inside track to jam
        the door, or by installing commercially available locks. To prevent the
        door being lifted off the track, drill a hole through the sliding door
        frame and the fixed frame. Then insert a pin in the hole. Lock
        double-hung windows with key locks or "pin" your windows by
        drilling a small hole at a 45-degree angle between the inner and outer
        frames, then insert a nail that can be removed. You should secure
        basement windows with grilles or grates (but make sure that they can be
        opened from the inside in case of fire). NEVER hide keys around the
        outside of your home!! Instead, give an extra key to a neighbor you
        trust. When you move into a new house or apartment, RE-KEY THE LOCKS.

        •

        •

        Check Your Doors

        While we all like to feel that once we close and lock our doors,
        we're safe and secure, the truth of the matter is that a lock on a
        flimsy door is about as effective as locking your car door but leaving
        the window down with your wallet on the front seat! All outside doors
        should be metal or solid wood. Install a peephole or wide-angle viewer
        in all entry doors so that you can see who is outside without opening
        the door. Door chains break easily and don't keep out intruders. If
        your doors don't fit tightly in their frames, install weather
        stripping around them.



        Check the Outside

        Take a look at your home from the outside, and keep in mind the
        following tips to help make your home as safe as it can be: Burglars
        HATE bright lights. Install outside lights and KEEP THEM ON at night.
        Motion-detector lights can be particularly effective. Keep your yard
        clean. Prune shrubbery so it doesn't hide windows or doors. Cut back
        tree limbs that a burglar could use to climb to an upper-level window.
        If you travel, create the illusion that you are at home by getting
        timers that will turn lights (and perhaps a television or radio) on and
        off in different parts of your home throughout the day and evening
        hours. Lights burning 24 hours a day signal an empty house! Leave
        shades, blinds and curtains in normal positions. In addition, make sure
        you don't let your mail and/or newspapers pile up! Call the post
        office and newspaper to stop delivery or have a neighbor pick them up.
        Make a list of your valuables, such as VCRs, stereos, computers, and
        jewelry. Take pictures of the items, list their serial numbers and
        description. This will help police if your home is burglarized. Contact
        your District police station for a free home security survey.



        When getting work done on your vehicle, leave only the vehicle key for
        the service personnel. The same goes for car park attendants and valets.
        If you are having work done on your vehicle, give the service station
        your business address — not your home address.



        Burglars Can Do More than Just Steal

        While most burglars prefer to strike when no one is home, intruders can
        commit other crimes such as rape, robbery, and assault if someone
        entering the home surprises them, or if they pick a home that is
        occupied. If something looks questionable — a slit screen, a broken
        window, or an open door — DO NOT GO IN! Call the police from a
        neighbor's house, a cell phone, or a public phone. At night, if you
        think you hear someone breaking in, leave safely IF YOU CAN, then call
        the police. If you cannot leave, lock yourself in a room with a phone
        and call the police. If an intruder is in your room, pretend you are
        asleep. One other important note — never leave a message on your
        answering machine that indicates that you may not be at home, or that
        you live alone. Instead, say, "We're not available right
        now."

        •

        •

        What if I Live in an Apartment?

        While apartment living is a little different from living in a single
        family home, there are still some additional things that you can do to
        make sure that you, your loved ones, and your property remain safe and
        secure. Similar to Neighborhood Watch, members of an Apartment Watch
        learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for one another and
        members of the community, and report crime and suspicious activity to
        the police. Some things you can do:

        Never let anyone you don't know into your building or past security
        doors!

        Organize citizen patrols to walk around the apartment complex and alert
        police to crime and suspicious activities. DON'T FORGET to patrol
        parking lots, stairways, laundry rooms, and playgrounds. Publish a
        newsletter that gives local crime news, recognizes Apartment Watch
        captains, and highlights community activities. Have a reception in the
        lobby of your building or a cookout on common property so neighbors can
        get to know one another.

        Start a Safe Haven Program for children – places where they can go
        in emergency or scary situations.

        Check the complex on a regular basis for problems such as burned-out
        light bulbs, dark corridors, uncollected trash, or broken locks on
        mailboxes and doors. Report any such problems to the building manager.
        Keep pressure on management to make sure it provides adequate security.
        Organize meetings to brainstorm how you can help each other, such as
        starting an escort service for the elderly.

        •

        •

        Get Involved!

        No one individual or agency working alone can prevent crime. It takes
        police and citizens working in partnership. The District of
        Columbia's community policing strategy provides many ways for police
        and communities to work together to prevent crime and build safer
        neighborhoods. These include regular PSA (Police Service Area) meetings
        in your community, problem-solving groups, citizen patrols and more. To
        learn more about community policing activities in your neighborhood,
        call your local police district Fifth District Community Outreach
        Office 698-0188 or Station Desk: 698-0150 TTY: 727-5437. For more crime
        prevention information, or to schedule a crime prevention presentation,
        call the Metropolitan Police 5th District Community Outreach Office Or
        visit our Web site at: http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/site/default.asp
        <http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/site/default.asp> Information in this brochure
        comes from the: National Crime Prevention Council 1000 Connecticut
        Avenue, N.W.

        13th Floor Washington, D.C. 20036 Tel: 202-466-6272

        Fax: 202-296-1356 www.ncpc.org <http://www.ncpc.org/> Government of the
        District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department

        300 Indiana Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001

        Revised May 2007



        Fayette Vaughn-Lee

        5D Community Outreach Coordinator

        202 698-0188



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