Tips for Preventing Home and Car Burglary Thefts

Glencoe is a beautiful and safe community, however, there are some simple preventative measures that residents can take to help protect their personal belongings. 

Tips for Preventing Home and Car Burglary Thefts:

If you are traveling...
  • Set an automatic timer for your lights.
  • Lock all doors – this is a must! Criminals look for easy targets and will often move past a locked car or home to find the one that is unlocked.
  • Don’t leave valuables in plain sight – in your car or home.
  • Put your house on House Watch with Public Safety and ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your property. Learn more about House watch here.
  • Stop your deliveries, including newspapers and magazines, and ask the Post Office to hold or forward your mail.
  • Use your burglar alarm each time you leave your home.
  • If planning an extended trip, consider hiring a landscaper or asking a neighbor to mow your lawn in the summer or shovel your driveway in the winter. 
If you are out for the evening…
  • Turn on lights or a radio or TV so it appears someone is home.
  • Lock all doors and windows while you are out, even if it is just for a quick trip to the store or walk the dog.
  • Never leave your purse or other valuables in your car. It takes a thief only moments to break in.
  • Use your burglar alarm.
If you’re at home…
  • Keep outside lights on and the exterior of your home well lit.
  • Lock all doors – again, this is a must!  
  • Use your burglar alarm.
  • Report unknown or suspicious cars, noises and people. Call 911! Don’t doubt yourself and follow your instincts. 
  • If you have a home video surveillance system, make sure the system in on and operating properly.
  • If you know of a neighbor that might have been a crime victim, check your home surveillance system and notify public safety of anything of evidentiary value your system might provide.
General tips...
  • Keep your door in plain view. Cut back overgrown plants and shrubs, which can serve as places for burglars to hide as they gain access to your home.
  • Dead-bolts are the best option for all doors leading in or out of your home. Consider flush bolts for extra safety or consider using a door stop security system. This is a simple and inexpensive alarm that makes a sound if it gets moved.
  • Lock valuables in a safe and make a precise list of valuable items and their approximate value.