Sunday, May 20, 2012
Every 14.5 seconds a house in the United States will be burglarized but there are a few tips to help you safeguard your home.
Sgt. Scott Plummer of the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office offered suggestions to homeowners to make their homes become less appealing to criminals.
"Give a burglar less of a chance to hide or conceal themselves," said Plummer.
He said that a good rule for vegetation is to have bushes trimmed down to be no taller than two feet and trees should have canopies at least six feet high.
When choosing landscaping, harsh species with thorns or "hostile vegetation" prove to ward off intruders.
"A good place for hostile vegetation is in front of a window 'cause that's going to keep a perpetrator or a criminal from that area," he said.
Lighting is also important to keep criminals at bay. Plummer suggests have a home's perimeter well lit but also aware of shadows.
"You want to make sure that you don't create too much of a shadow 'cause a shadow's the same thing as not trimming your trees. It gives somebody a place to hide where it's blacked out."
Plummer suggest that homeowners with French doors get reinforcement as they are easy for burglars to break in.
Homeowners with glass next to a door should be careful, as 60 percent of home break-ins involve glass. Consider having a peep hole on the door and use curtains to block the view to the inside of the house.
"Not hard to break through this and gain entry into your house. They can do so without anybody seeing them 'cause all the shrubbery outside," said Plummer.
A free program through the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office called "Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design" or CPTED gives homeowners a personalized check of their home.
If you want to schedule a free CPTED evaluation, contact the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office Community Liaison Unit by calling (316) 660-3920 or email at CommunityPartners@sedgwick.gov.
For more tips on combating burglaries, click here.
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