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Safety For You and Your Home. Community Education Specialist Mary Browning Naperville Police Department. Objectives. To learn techniques useful in keeping yourself and your property safe Home Security. Who are Victims of Crime. Anybody Anywhere Any time

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Safety For You and Your Home

Community Education Specialist

Mary Browning

Naperville Police Department


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Objectives

  • To learn techniques useful in keeping yourself and your property safe

    • Home Security


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Who are Victims of Crime

  • Anybody

  • Anywhere

  • Any time

    • More crimes of violence occurred during daylight hours than between 6pm and 6am (DOJ, 1998)


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Crime Statistics 2007 Naperville

Personal

  • Murder, 2

  • Sexual Assault, 16

  • Battery, 76

  • Robbery, 17

  • Property

  • Theft, 2009

  • Arson, 10

  • Burglary, 250

  • Motor Vehicle Theft, 76


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Crime Prevention Triangle

For a crime to occur there

must be three elements

present.

Desire

Ability

Which one can

we effect?

Opportunity


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Crime Prevention Triangle

For a crime to occur there

must be three elements

present.

Desire

Ability

Which one can

we effect?

Opportunity



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Removing the Opportunity

There are two types of barriers we can use to eliminate the opportunity to commit a crime:

  • Physical Barriers

  • Psychological Barriers


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Removing The OpportunityPhysical Barriers

  • Locks

  • Doors

  • Windows

  • Fences

  • Chains

  • Alarm Systems

  • Dogs


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Removing the Opportunity

Psychological Barriers:

  • Alarm Systems

  • Dogs

  • Lights

  • Signs


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Crime Prevention for the HomeRemoving the Opportunity

# 1 Strategy criminals use to enter your home……….


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Removing The OpportunityPhysical Barriers

  • Locks

  • Doors

  • Windows

  • Fences

  • Chains

  • Alarm Systems

  • Dogs



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Statistics

  • In a survey by the National Crime Prevention Council: 34% do not generally lock their car doors whether parked or moving

  • Between May 2008 and August 2008, there have been over 200 BMV’s in Naperville, over 80% of them were committed to cars that were unlocked


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Removing the Opportunity

LOCKS

  • Use them!

  • Install deadbolt locks-they can’t be “popped” like spring-latch locks can

  • Deadbolts should be at least 1 1/2”

  • Don’t forget the basement door or the door from the house to the garage


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Removing the Opportunity

LANDSCAPING

  • Don’t block entrances or create hiding places

    with your plants and/or bushes

  • Plant thorny or spiny bushes to discourage entry

  • Keep all landscaping well trimmed

  • Position trees so they don’t hide windows, walkways or doors

  • Consider gravel instead of mulch, it’s noisy

  • Don’t create roof access

    • No tree branches below 6 feet

    • Remove ladders when finished with them


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Removing the Opportunity

LIGHTS

  • Exterior lighting

    • Doors: house and garage

    • Entryways and ground-level windows

    • Out of reach so can’t be broken/unscrewed

    • Motion detectors

    • Photoelectric Lights

  • Interior lighting

    • Timers

    • Kitchen


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Removing the Opportunity

DOORS

  • Solid Core doors

  • 1 1/2 inch deadbolts

    • Front Door

    • Back Door

    • Access from Garage

  • Secure sliding glass doors with a broomstick or dowel in the track


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Removing the “Window” of Opportunity

WINDOWS

  • Use additional security on ground level windows

  • LOCK them

  • Use dowel rods, pins, or deadbolts (Cautions)

  • Keep trees and bushes trimmed back

  • Secure air conditioners with window brackets and screws


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Removing the Opportunity

HOUSE NUMBERS

  • At Least 5 inches High

  • Keep them Illuminated all Night

  • Display where they are most visible

    • Mailbox

    • Garage door

    • Front Door


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Thank you!Stay Safe!


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