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Watch Notes for 02192016 and Crime Prevention Tip of the Day

Good Morning Everyone!

Here are the property crimes for the last 24 hours within our command. As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Please see below:

5 Auto Thefts – 5200 blk of Wyoming, 2600 blk of Carlisle, 2500 blk of Comanche, 2400 blk of San Mateo, 9400 blk of Farragut.

2 Auto Burglaries – 2300 blk of Carlisle, 8300 blk of Wyoming

Points of entry were unsecured vehicles and lock damage. Items taken were purses, Social Security Cards, and generators.

4 Residential Burglaries – 9400 blk of La Playa, 3200 blk of Cardenas, 9400 blk of Admiral Lowell, 3100 blk of Adams.

Points of entry were listed as rear doors, unlocked doors, and sliding glass doors. Items taken included tools, jewelry, iPads, electronics and clothing.

CRIME PREVENTION TIP OF THE DAY:

HOW IS THE SECURITY AT YOUR HOME?

TIMES HAVE CHANGED
There was a time when we did not feel the need to lock the doors of our homes. As
times have changed, so has the need to use locks for protection and to seek better
locking technology for our homes and businesses. Deadbolts emerged on the
market during the 1960s and gained popularity through the 1970s as a way to
add additional security to a door. Today even newer technologies are available to
further enhance security appropriate to the societal risks. According to the National
Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), burglars look for homes that are easy targets. More
than ever, locks are the most critical element in protecting your family and possessions.

LOCKS HAVE CHANGED
Not all locks are created equally. As you shop the lock aisle at your local hardware store, you
quickly become overwhelmed with the options. There are three things you should consider
when buying a lock:
Key Control: If you give your keys to anyone else, even for a short time, will they be able to
make a copy without your knowledge or permission?
Physical Strength: How well will the lock withstand abuse such as kicking or jimmying?
In addition to strong locks, the strike needs to have reinforcement to the door frame
with 2″ – 3″ screws.
Durability: Will the lock stand up to years of use without failing or becoming difficult
to operate?
Lock Rating Strength* Life Span**
HIGH SECURITY
Keys are protected against unauthorized duplication by utility patents. This offers additional protection against
such physical attack as drilling, prying, pulling, wrenching or kicking.
KEY CONTROL
Keys are protected against unauthorized duplication by patent.
STANDARD LOCKS
Offers the minimum level of security available. Keys can be copied at over one million locations in the U.S. Some
keys are stamped “do not duplicate,” but offer no legal protection against unauthorized duplication.

RECOMMENDED ACCEPTABLE LOW SECURITY
When searching for a truly secure lock, always look for locks that provide protection
against drilling or picking, as well as those that have a long enough bolt so
that the door cannot be pried open. Additionally, some locks have bolts that
are made of hardened material or have hardened inserts to protect against a
possible intruder from sawing the bolt.

COMMON O V E R S I G H T S
Key duplication.
If you give your keys to others, they can have copies made quickly and easily at one
of millions of key cutting centers. Be sure to understand how easily this can happen
and protect yourself by using locks and keys that are protected by a patent and carry
the appropriate certifications. How often do you give your keys to other people?
Consider the babysitter, the gardener, neighbors, friends, family, parking attendants
and how easily they might duplicate a key for convenience and forget to tell you.
Physical bypass.
Front door with glass:
A common way to enter a home is to break a glass window near a doorand simply reach
in to unlock the door. A double cylinder deadbolt, or a special deadbolt that has a
removable thumbturn, can offer protection against this type of entry. Be sure to check
with your local officials to verify if either of these types of locks are allowed in your
community before changing them.
Front door without glass:
A heavy-duty tubular deadbolt or mortise lock provides good protection on a front
door so long as it has at least a 1” bolt and can provide protection against picking,
drilling, and other forms of physical attack.
Garage door:
Be sure to put a deadbolt on the door between your garage and home as many garage doors
are easily opened by errant radio signals. Review the suggested requirements for the front door to determine the type of deadbolt to use.
Securing windows:
Windows should be secured with either locking hardware that utilizes a key for operation
or with removable pins so that a burglar cannot easily force the window open.

S E C U R I N G  D I F F E R E N T  DOOR  T Y P E S

Patio and Garden doors:
Many patio or garden doors offer a burglar the ideal opportunity for entry. Sliding doors
should be secured with either a locking pin type lock or some type of auxiliary locking device that prevents the door from being lifted off its track. Garden doors often employ multipoint locking,
which offers good physical security, but have an inexpensive cylinder that offers
no protection against drilling, picking or unauthorized key duplication. Retrofit
cylinders are available for the door to allow the use of both the multipoint hardware
AND a better cylinder.

Utility doors:
Any storage door or basement door should be secured with the same types of locks as the other
doors on the home. A burglar can easily identify the least secure door on a home and will often use it to gain entrance. Typically these type of doors should be secured with a good quality deadbolt.

Out buildings:
There are two risks associated with unsecure utility doors. The obvious is that the items contained within the outbuilding could be taken. Less obvious is that a burglar could use the building as a hiding place to further scope out an entrance to the main home.

S E C U R I N G  D I F F E R E N T  DOOR T Y P E S  O T H E R  C O N S I D E R AT I O N S
Locks represent a significant part of your comprehensive approach to home security. NCPC recommends that homeowners should also keep their shrubs trimmed, so that burglars cannot hide behind them, and install and use appropriate lighting to
illuminate entrances and walkways. Remember that your security is only as good as the weakest link in your security strategy. All elements must be considered in concert with one-another for the most reliable system. Don’t rely entirely on an
alarm for security. An alarm notifies police and neighbors AFTER the crime event. Most burglars realize that even after the alarm sounds, they have at least 10 minutes before the police arrive. Good quality locks can prevent the burglary from occurring and should be considered as a key element of a homeowner’s prevention strategy.

Courtesy of the National Crime Prevention Council

http://www.ncpc.org/topics/home-and-neighborhood-safety