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Make your home more secure
DIFFICULT FOR THE BURGLAR
Most burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves.
In two out of ten burglaries they don't even have to use
force - they get in through an open door or window.
Look at your home through the burglar's eyes - are there
places where they could break in unseen? Have you fitted
strong locks on your doors and windows? Would they have to
make a lot of noise by breaking glass?
Reduce the risk of burglary happening to you by making sure
you've taken these simple precautions.
third of burglars get in through a back window.
Good lighting can deter a thief.
Look in when you're out.
Most burglaries happen when a house is empty, so:
Use time switches - available from DIY shops - to turn on
lights, radios and other appliances when you're out.
Don't tempt the thief - keep all valuable items out of
Don't advertise your absence when you're on holiday, or even
when out at work or shopping. Most burglars will only tackle
an empty house.
you can, get a friend or neighbor to look after your home
when you're away, by collecting your post, drawing your
curtains at night and generally making the place look lived
in. And be prepared to do the same for them.
Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place such as
under the doormat or in a flower pot - a thief will look
you've moved into a new house, consider changing the back
and front door locks - other people may have keys that fit.
GARAGES AND SHEDS
Often full of expensive tools ideal for breaking into the
rest of the house - and often left unlocked.
Never leave a garage or garden shed unlocked, especially if
it has a connecting door to the house - a thief could get in
and work on the inner door in privacy.
Fit shed and garage doors with a strong padlock and make
sure that they are solid enough not to be kicked in.
Lock ladders inside the garage or shed to stop a thief using
them to reach inaccessible windows. If there is no room
inside, chain or padlock them horizontally to a sturdy
bracket on an outside wall.
GATES AND FENCES
Check for weak spots where a thief could get in - a low or
sagging fence, or a back gate with weak lock.
thorny hedge along the boundary can act as a deterrent. But
make sure that the front of the house is still visible to
passers-by so that a burglar can't work unseen.
SECURE ALL DOORS
your front and back doors are not secure, neither is your
Make sure the doors and frames are strong and in good
condition. Doors should be made of solid core construction -
Glass panels on or around the door are especially
vulnerable, so replace them with laminated glass.
Fit back and front doors with a five-lever mortice deadlock
- and use it.
Fit all exterior doors - top and bottom - with bolts.
Remember to fit all security devices with strong screws or
Get specialist advice on fitting locks to patio doors.
Fit both french doors, top and bottom, with a security
mortice lock and mortice bolt.
plays a role in creating and maintaining a safe environment.
Be alert and observant wherever you are and learn to
recognize signs of criminal behavior. Report all crime to
the HBPD even if it is only an attempt. Crime cannot be
controlled or prevented if it is not reported. By reporting
crimes and suspicious activities you can protect yourself
As a registered ShakeOut participant, you are among millions
of people who will be participating in the largest
earthquake drill in U.S. history on November 13! ShakeOut
is an opportunity to practice how to
in earthquakes, and to get more prepared. Please
your friends, family, and colleagues and invite them to
You can forward this email to them, or just call them.
Get Ready to ShakeOut
don't expect to call them soon after an earthquake. This
summer's Chino Hills quake showed how cell and land lines
can be quickly overwhelmed in even a minor tremor. The
earthquake described in the ShakeOut
is 5,000 times bigger, and phones will not work for a much
longer period of time. How will you communicate and reunite
with those you care about?
Join HB Amateur Radio Association!
All in This Together
As of September 23, over
3.5 million people
have been registered- as individuals and families, and
through schools, businesses, and other organizations.
To see which organizations are participating in your area,
and click on your county in the right column.
Also, if you are an organizational representative make sure
your staff knows what they will be doing as part of your
drill. We have provided multi-level drill scripts on our "What
You Can Do"
pages that you can use or adapt.
Upcoming ShakeOut Activities
We Can Make History
your help, this will be the largest earthquake drill in U.S.
history, and we all will be much more prepared for the Big
One! If you are registered as an individual, check out the
"invite others" feature when you
where you can send customized messages and then see if
people you have invited have registered! (Organizational
representatives can also register as individuals to use this
(If you've read to the end of this update, we have a special
sneak peak for you! Keep an eye on
over the next few weeks.)