Tips to Discourage Break-Ins

  • After purchasing new televisions, computers, appliances or other high end electronics do not leave the boxes outside next to garbage cans or recycling bins.  This lets everyone know what you have inside your home.
  • If you’re going to leave your blinds or curtains opened try not to have expensive items in plain sight.
  • When out of your home for the day, evening or extended periods of time leave a light or television on.  You may want to put them on a timer when you are away for those longer periods of time.
  • Secure windows and sliding glass doors so they cannot be opened from the outside.  Check all door locks to be sure that they are working properly and are secure.
  • Do not leave spare keys hidden outside.  Instead give one to a neighbor, friend or family member that you trust.
  • Trim bushes and trees to keep thieves from hiding behind them or using them to gain entry into your home.
  • While away you can request a “House Check” from the Wilton Manors Police Department.  The form can be found at www.wiltonmanors.com via the Public Safety link.
  • If you know you are going to be away for an extended period of time as a neighbor, friend or family member to collect your mail, packages and newspapers until you return.  Nothing says “I’m not home” like an overflowing mailbox.
  • Get to know your neighbors not only to help keep an eye on your homes but someone you do not recognize will stick out.  If you see something, say something.
  • Try to keep your travel plans to yourself as much as possible.  The less strangers know about your travel away from home the better off you are.
  • Remember to lock your doors and windows before leaving your home.  Use deadbolts instead of thumb latches.  Keep your garage doors down as often as possible and do not store spare keys in your garage.