Preventing Home Break-ins

by Safety Connection

Most property crimes in Madison are still crimes of opportunity, so making a habit to regularly lock up is a great prevention plan. But forced-entry break-ins do occur. Here are 3 incidents from the Chief’s blog from this past weekend:

  • (10/29/21): MIDTOWN: Residential Burglary – 7:42 a.m. A victim returned home to find her garage door open and that a side door had been kicked in. Numerous items were missing from the residence. Investigation continuing.
  • (10/29/21) EAST: Residential Burglary – 9:29 p.m. The victim reported upon returning home, he noticed the rear garage door was kicked in and the door into the house from the garage was ajar. A gaming console was missing from the residence. Investigation continuing.
  • (10/29/21) EAST: Residential Burglary – 9:59 pm. The victim reported when she returned home, she discovered a window wide open and mud on a couch directly below the window. A back door was also wide open. The victim reported nothing was missing from the residence. Investigation continuing.

One of the best ways to prevent a forced-entry home break-in is to make your home looked lived in. In a few days we’ll turn back the clocks an hour and it will be dark by late afternoon. Do you have any lights set to timers so if you’re not home it still looks like your home is occupied? Do those timers need to be adjusted for the shorter days?

You can also consider putting a radio or TV on a timer so your home sounds lived-in. For $20 you can even can buy a little LED light box that simulates the flickering lights of a TV to make a room look occupied.

And if you’ll be gone overnight or longer, make sure a neighbor can pick up your mail, packages and newspapers and shovel snow off your sidewalk so it doesn’t advertise that no one is home.

For a longer trip you might even consider asking a neighbor to park their vehicle in your driveway. And it’s always smart to ask a friend or neighbor to check on your house regularly when you’re on a trip to make sure no one has broken in (or that there aren’t any other emergencies like burst pipes or storm damage).

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