Burglary Prevention

Here are some tips from Seattle Police Department about burglary prevention:

How to Prevent It

  • Ask yourself, “If I were locked out, how would I get into my house?” Secure any vulnerable windows and doors.
  • Install deadbolt locks on exterior doors and secure with 3 to 4 inch screws into the strike plate.
  • Try not to leave valuables in plain sight, or visible through windows or doors.
  • Secure and lock all windows and doors, even while you are at home.
  • Don’t leave a spare key outside.
  • Install a security system, if possible.
  • Trim back any shrubbery that is blocking views of entrances.
  • Store or lock up ladders and tools outside.
  • Remove any loose rocks or bricks near vulnerable glass.
  • Join Block Watch and get to know your neighbors.

How to Report It

  • If there is a crime in progress, call 9-1-1.
  • If you return to a home or business you believe has been burgled, dial 9-1-1 and wait for police before going inside.
  • Try not to disturb any possible evidence.

Key Tip

Contact your Crime Prevention Coordinator to schedule a free security assessment. (Ours is Mary Amberg –

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