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Tips to keep your home and vehicle secure

Part 1

Resolve to keep your home and vehicle secure

As the holiday season wraps up and everyone begins settling into 2012, why not make resolutions to improve your personal safety? Here is the first installment of safety tips to consider for the new year.

The first step in reducing the potential for becoming a victim of crime is to educate yourself on some basic crime prevention techniques. The next step is to use those techniques while at home, when in your car, and while you are at work or school.

When you are at home, take a look around and search for ways that a burglar might enter or gain access to your belongings. What is vulnerable? Is the garage door standing open? Are your doors and windows locked? As the weather gets cooler, an open window or door could be an invitation to a criminal. Even if you are at home, a burglar or thief may not be deterred by your presence. Get in the habit of closing and locking the doors behind you when you arrive. Close your garage door after parking to protect valuables like tools, lawn and gardening equipment, bicycles and other sporting gear.

Similarly, the single most important tip for protecting your vehicle is to lock your doors. The vast majority of vehicle burglaries occur when doors are left unlocked. Often times thieves will select a parking lot or residential neighborhood and check car doors until they find unlocked ones. Eliminate the opportunity. Also take the time to take valuables out of plain view and secure them in the trunk. Purses, electronics devices and cash left visible could send the wrong message and welcome a break-in.

Next Sunday: Safety at work and while traveling

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Tips to keep your home and vehicle secure 12/31/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 31, 2011 3:30am]
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