Protect Against Home Invasion
- Prepare a safe room in your home.
Put a deadbolt, jam lock, and safer hinges to secure the safety of a
room inside your home, which would be very difficult and take a lot of
time for a burglar to break through. Provide a light, and keep your
cell phone in there at night. Enter, lock the door, and call 911.
- Do not leave garage doors open
when you are not physically present to protect what is stored inside.
Even if you are working in the backyard, do not leave a garage door
ajar, or your front door unlocked.
- Lock your home and windows (including
2nd floor windows) to discourage theft. Open windows and window air
conditioners are a welcome invitation to criminals to enter homes during
the summer months.
- Do not leave a spare house key hidden
somewhere near the door—any place you can think to hide it, a thief
will look. Instead, leave a spare key with a trusted neighbor in case
you ever get locked out.
- Plant thorny bushes under windows.
- Install motion-sensitive outdoor lighting.
- Put peek holes in doors to see outside. Install one for adults and a lower one for little children.
- Consider the size of your pet door. Burglars have managed to enter homes through “pet doors.”
- Put a “Beware of Dog” sign in your yard. If you don’t have a dog, make it look like you do (dog dish, Beware of Dog signs…).
- Set out men’s clothing, if you are a woman who lives alone.
- Install and use an alarm system, and turn it on! Buy security stickers at the hardware store.
- Report suspicious door-to-door salespersons to 9-1-1. Obtain their license plate number, if possible.
- Neighborhood E-lert System allows the Spokane Police Department to send specific emails to specific neighborhoods, to let residents know what crimes are occurring in your specific neighborhood. (KHQ-News, Sept. 7, 2013)
The best crime prevention is awareness. If we can make citizens aware, that is another tool to help the SPD fight crime. (Monique Cotton, SPD Communications Director)
Sign up to receive the Spokane Police Department's newsletter, press releases and crime trends in your neighborhood (as described above). Go to http://www.SpokanePolice.org, and click on Sign up for Elert.
- Spokane has some home sitting services for home owners who are gone for extended periods of time. You can hire someone to live in your home to help deter vandalism, maintain the home and yard, and help prevent insurance claims. Some of these businesses are also run by property management companies.