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If your home has ever been the target of burglars, you know the gut wrenching feeling that follows.  While no one is able to truly "burglar-proof" a home, the Noel Marshal's Office wants you to be aware of safety measures that you can institute that will make your home less of a target for criminals. 

Most residential burglaries are crimes of opportunities and most often occur during the day.   The burglars devote relatively little time to advanced planning and will often approach  the residence and knock on the front door to determine if someone is home.  If someone answers the door, they may make up a name of someone they are looking for or ask for directions, and then move on to another potential target once they know someone is home.

Barking dogs, even ones that don't bite, can be a deterrent to a would be burglar. A well visibly placed "Beware of Dog" sign or home security warning sign, even if you have neither, can put doubt into a burglars mind. 

The most important thing to remember is that the more you do to keep your home from looking like an easy target, the safer it is. 


•    All sides of the home should be protected with security lighting. The best location for exterior security lighting is under the eaves
      of the house. Any location that places the lighting out of the reach of would-be burglars and illuminates potential entry ways is

•    Each entry door should be equipped with a light that provides quality illumination in the vicinity of the door, including both sides
      of the door and porch.

•    Garages or carports should have lights which are activated by motion sensors or on a timer

•    Keep shrubs and hedges trimmed so that they don't obstruct the view of windows or doors and provide concealment to burglars

•    Fences and locked gates can prevent burglars from carrying off large items and can be viewed as a deterrent

•    Have good locks on all outside doors and windows and lock them when leaving the house or before going to bed

•    All exterior doors should  be solid and  have dead bolt locks

•    Put a "Beware of Dog" and/or home alarm warning sign in an obvious place....even if you have neither

•    Plant thorny bushes or thorny plants under windows to create an additional barrier for criminals to overcome


•    It is very important that you mark all your valuables

•    Keep an inventory list of all your property and store it in a safe place in case you are burglarized.  Include serial numbers or
       other identification numbers and take photos or video  of items if possible.

•    Do not use your full name on your mailbox, answering machine, or in a directory

•    Do not leave a message on your answering machine, or post on Facebook what your schedule is or when you will be out of town

•    Do not advertise that you live alone.  Invent a big dog or a roommate

•    Know which of your neighbors you can trust in an emergency

•    Check who is at your door before opening it, and do not open the door to any unexpected visitors

•    Do not allow any stranger into your home, even if they say they are hurt or need help.  Tell them you will call 911 for them

•    Do not allow any strangers into your home to make a phone call.  Tell them you will call the number for them and make them
      wait outside.

•    Never give personal information to telephone solicitors

•    Don't hide extra keys in easily assessable places like flowerpots, under the door mat, or in the mailbox.  Criminals will find them

•    Don't leave valuables such as jewelry, in view of windows or doors.  Truly valuable items should be locked in a safe or safety
      deposit box

•    When you move into a new home, change all the locks

•    Keep only small amounts of cash in your home

If you see strange or suspicious activity, call 911.  If the activity was legitimate don't be embarrassed about calling. If an individual/company/agency caused concern on your part about you or your neighbor's safety, then they need to improve their business practices


If you arrive home and your door is open or things appear to be out of place, do not go inside.  Leave immediately and call 911.  The burglar may still be inside.     

Do not touch anything until officers have secured your home.  You don't want to disturb any fingerprints or valuable clues the burglar may have left behind.

If you wake up and see a burglar in your room, pretend to be asleep until it is safe, and then call 911.

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