September 3, 2012 Leave a comment
Originally published in The Patriot-News on Aug. 16, 2012.
Burglaries have been a hot topic this summer among law enforcement agencies and midstate residents. News of brazen thefts has increased fears.
There are ways to deter burglars from breaking into your home. Here’s what authorities on security have to say:
- Keep outdoor lights on. “The more lit your house, the more of a deterrent it is to break in,” said Jason Carst of Knight Security Systems Inc. in Lower Paxton Twp. Motion-sensor lights are a bonus, said Officer Chad Miller of Lower Paxton Twp. Police Department. “They keep the electric bill down, too,” he said.
- Don’t advertise your absence. If your family is going to be away, the safest thing is not to share the good news until you’re back. That goes for your teens and children, too.
- Have a house sitter. Consider getting a house sitter anytime you’re going to an event that has been publicized, including funerals and weddings.
- Confront situations. Lt. Robert Fegan of Harrisburg City Police Department recalled one case where a burglar broke into a home through a skylight. “The whole thing was watched by a neighbor who didn’t want to get involved,” he said. “People should be more assertive and confront situations that don’t make sense or call the police.” Read more of this post