The Carbondale Police Department would like to remind residents of tips they can use to reduce becoming a victim of a burglary to your home or vehicle.
The police department offers a House Watch Program which is designed to be an extra security measure to help reduce the potential of burglary while you are away from your residence for an extended period of time. The program is free to Carbondale residents.
The police department also offers a free Home Security Surveys to all Carbondale residents. The survey offers recommendations to the resident focusing on the use of locks, lighting and landscaping to reduce the potential for burglaries.
For more information about these programs please call the Carbondale Police Department at 618-457-3200, ext. 428.
Here are some tips to reduce the potential of burglary.
While You Are Away
If you are away from your residence for an extended period of time, check out the following tips to help protect your home:
Ensure that all the locks for your doors and windows are in good working order well in advance of your planned trip.
Look into using timers for your lights, television or radio to give the impression that someone is home. Set the timers up in different rooms and at different times to create the illusion that your residence is still occupied.
Do not let newspapers or mail pile up while you are away. Place a hold on these items or have someone collect them for you while you are away.
Before you leave, check and make sure all your doors and windows are locked before you head out the door.
If you will be gone for an extended period of time, make arrangements to have your lawn cut while you are gone in the spring, summer or fall. In the winter, arrange for someone to clear your driveway or sidewalk of any snow accumulation.
If possible, have someone you trust check in on your residence while you are away. If no one is able to check your residence everyday, contact the City of Carbondale Police Department about the House Watch Program. If possible, have someone you trust check on your residence while you are away.
Electronic equipment (computers, digital cameras, video game systems, etc.) are a common target for criminals. Consider taking these items with you while you are away from your residence.
While At Home
Many cases involve the criminal going from house to house looking for unlocked doors or windows. Often the criminal will knock on the door of a residence to see if anyone is home. If someone answers they will ask for a person, pretending as if they have come to the wrong residence.
In order to make you and your home less of a target, please keep in mind the following :
Keep all doors and windows locked, even if you are at home, will only be gone a short time or are "just going next door."
Make sure all locks are functioning properly. Never allow someone you don't know into your residence. If someone comes to your door needing assistance, offer to call the police for them, while they wait outside.
Keep valuable items out of sight of passers-by. Keep a list of your valuables, including the serial numbers and unique characteristics. If a burglary does occur having this information can greatly help in the investigation and recovery process.
Be alert to persons going from house to house, looking in windows or knocking on doors. Report suspicious persons to the police. Make note of the person's physical description, clothing, tattoos or other distinguishing characteristics and give that information to the police.
Keep all entrances to your residence well lit and maintain landscaping to prevent hiding places.
Beware of burglars posing as solicitors. All persons must have a solicitation permit issued by the city of Carbondale prior to going door-to-door.
After you verify the solicitor has the proper permit and if you choose to let them in your residence, do not leave them alone while they demonstrate their product. Don't advertise the property you have recently purchased or received as a gift. Put the boxes in a trash bag or trash container. If you leave them out anyone can see what you now have inside your residence.
The best crime prevention tool is alert neighbors. Be aware of suspicious activity in your neighborhood, and report it to the police.
Keep your vehicle doors locked at all times.
Park in well lit and visible locations.
Keep you windows closed.
Don't leave items out in plain view.
Don't leave valuables in the vehicle when unattended.