Burglary is mostly a crime of opportunity that capitalizes on the carelessness and neglect of the homeowner or renter. This section contains tips on preventing home burglaries, vandalism, and other property crimes by controlling access, providing visibility, and maintaining your property by increasing home security. It also contains tips on protecting your home and property when you are away and providing information you might have on residential burglaries. And if you do become a victim, it includes tips on making sure the police find your home and to identify your property. These tips can significantly enhance the security of your home and property.
Physical protection measures include the following:
Install single cylinder dead-bolt locks on all doors. Bolts should have a minimum throw of 1 inch. Strike plates should have screws that are at least 3 inches long. Doors should be solid hardwood or metal clad. Hinges should be located on the inside or have non-removable pins. Special locks are need on double and Dutch doors.
Install locking devices on all sliding glass doors and windows.
Install good locks all doors that lead outside through garages or storage areas.
Don’t rely on chain locks for security. They’re only good for privacy.
Re-key or change all locks when moving into a new home.
Install locks on gates, garages, sheds, etc.
Go to a locksmith or hardware store for advice on locks.
All locks should be resistant to “bumping”
Reinforce the glass in windows on the lock sides of doors so a burglar cannot break them and reach in to open the door.
Consider installing security bars on side, rear, or other windows that a burglar might break to enter your home. Bars must comply with Fire Code requirements for inside release to permit an occupant to escape in the event of a fire.
Fence in the yard.
Install a good side-yard gate and keep it locked at all times. Side and back entries are the most common access points for burglars.
Plant bushes with thorns or prickly leaves near windows and along fences.
Trim trees so that limbs don’t provide access to roofs, second stories, etc.
Call the SDPD CRO in your area to arrange for a free home security survey. SDPD division addresses and phone numbers are listed under IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD on this website.