Hints & HELP!
by Lorene Bartos, Extension Educator
This article appeared in the May 18,
2003 Lincoln Journal Star Newspaper.
Crime Commission suggested the summer months are a time
when homes are more susceptible to crime. Many families
are gone for extended vacations or just away from home more
often. Crime prevention is everyone's responsibility, not
just a job for the police. The key to crime prevention is
to remove the opportunity for crime from our everyday activities.
Simple measures like remembering to lock a door, knowing
about common con games, and watching in your neighborhood
will do much to reduce this problem.
You're at Home
Keep your doors locked at all times, even when you're
Protect window and sliding glass doors with good locks
or other security devices.
Make your home appear occupied when you go out by using
a timer to turn on lights and a radio.
Never let strangers in your home without checking their
If you live alone, don't advertise it. Use only your first
initial in telephone books, directories, and apartment
Get to know your neighbors and keep their telephone numbers
handy for emergencies.
Engrave your valuables with a unique identification number
recommended by the police. Keep bonds, stock certifications,
seldom worn jewelry, and stamp and coin collections in
a safe deposit box.
Don't hide extra house keys under a doormat or other obvious
You Must Be Gone
Lock all doors and windows.
Don't leave hidden keys in the usual places (i.e. under
the mat or flower pot on the ledge or windowsill). Leave
a key with your neighbor. Make it hard for the burglar.
Lock up your ladders, keep shrubs trimmed and remove
all hints you are out of town.
Have mail and newspapers stopped or picked up by a neighbor.
Have a neighbor clean the walk, cut the grass and check
the house. Many break-ins occur in daylight.
Keep the house secure during daylight. If the burglar
sees you busy in the back, he may go in the front of
artists can cause major problems for families. Older citizens
are victims of fraudulent schemes far more than the rest
of us, but all of us are attracted by those offers which
seem to be too good to be true. We should be skeptical of
any proposal that will save us lots of money or has to be
kept a secret. If you feel your being conned, talk to your
friends, your lawyer, the police, the Better Business Bureau
and your state or county consumer affairs department. Here
are a few ideas to get you thinking:
save you money" Don't think you can get
a good deal on expensive repairs or costly home improvements.
rich quick" They almost always require you
to put up some of your own money to get started. Once
they have your money, the market goes down or someone
leaves town with everyone's money.
are bank examiners" They ask, "Help
us catch a dishonest teller. Please withdraw some money
and we will then return it to you."
investments" This will require you to put
up a large sum of money with a promise of a high return.
bill" You owe for items your late husband
purchased before he died. These bills appear shortly
after the announcement of your husband's death appears
in the newspaper.
You can purchase insurance or health and beauty
aids at below cost.
today to help prevent crime in your home and neighborhood.
Get to know your neighbors, check the security of your home
and remember awareness of your surrounding is important
in crime prevention.
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