Spring Break and the Easter holiday are quickly approaching. Many of our residents have trips planned to the beach, to visit relatives, etc. While you are away, don’t let thieves do your spring cleaning!
Your Community Watch Team cannot stress enough that now (and all year long) -- be aware of your surroundings and, if you see something suspicious, report it immediately to 911 if it is urgent or 919-469-4012 if it is not an emergency situation. Don't hesitate!
To help ensure that you do not become a victim, here are some hints from the Town of Cary Police Department:
- Make sure that all doors, windows, and skylights are secured and check locks regularly to ensure they remain in good working order. While no lock is burglar proof, the more difficult it is to gain entry, the longer it will take, which increases the chances of burglars’ getting caught.
- Use variable light timers and motion-sensitive lights to activate lighting in and around your home.
- If utilizing an alarm system, make sure to have clearly visible signage stating the premises is protected by an alarm and set video systems to record day and nighttime activity.
- Ensure valuables are not visible from the street, especially high-end electronics.
- Do not announce travel plans on social media and don’t post pictures to let everyone know you are in Disney World.
- Stop your mail and newspaper.
- Get a neighbor to pick up mail, paper, packages, and put out and take in trash cans while you are gone.
While you are home:
- Keep doors in your home closed and locked including your garage doors. An open door in an invitation.
- If your car is parked in your driveway, make sure the doors are locked at all times.
- Do not leave valuables or cash in your car.
- If you must leave items in your car, lock them in the trunk.
- If you have folding rear seats, make sure those are locked also.
- Never leave your house keys in your car.
Lastly, the Town of Cary Police Department offers a free residential security assessment program. A police officer will come out to your home and review the physical security of your home (doors, locks, windows, lights, landscaping, alarm systems, etc.) as well as discuss some mental approaches to home safety (what to do with solicitors, how to handle leaving your home for vacation, and options available to you if you’re home and someone breaks in). This free assessment only requires that an adult be present in the home during the assessment to take notes and ask questions. Most assessments take about an hour to an hour and a half and can accommodate most schedules during the week.
Feedback from Lochmere residents who have taken advantage of this program is that it is very worthwhile. It identified physical weaknesses in and around their homes that they were not aware of. Click here to schedule an appointment.