In the US, a burglary is reported every 15 seconds. Here in Naperville, it is important to remember that while our community is a safe community, it is not a crime-free community. Crime can happen anywhere, so it’s important that we all take proactive steps to protect our homes and create safer neighborhoods.
This March, as part of our Safer Naper campaign, we’re sharing practical tips to help residents keep their homes and the contents safe.
The “9 p.m. routine” is a great way to get in the habit of securing your property. Make it a part of you “9 p.m. routine” Turn on exterior lights and leave them on until dawn. Be sure to close and lock all exterior doors and windows, and don’t forget to close garage doors and lock the service door from your garage to your home. Remove all valuables from vehicles left outside overnight and ensure the vehicle is locked. NEVER leave your keys or garage door opener in your vehicle.
Remember, it doesn’t have to be night to take these proactive steps. Make them a part of your everyday life too.
When it comes to securing valuables in the home, we are often asked where to hide valuables. Let’s start by talking about where not to hide them. While there are no guaranteed foolproof hiding spots, there are places in a home that should be avoided, like the master bedroom or the master bedroom closet. Nightstands, dresser drawers, jewelry boxes, and portable safes should also be avoided. Old stereotypes of hiding valuables under mattresses, in freezers or in or behind toilet cisterns should also be avoided.
Without identifying specific locations or hiding spots, it’s best to keep valuables in unusual places. Remember where you hid them! A high-quality, heavy-duty safe bolted to the floor is also a good option. Once properly anchored, it can be extremely difficult to remove from a home and time-consuming for a burglar to pry open.
Maintaining proper documentation for items of high value is important. Receipts, ratings, photos, serial numbers, and other identifiable features of high-value items can aid in recovery if theft occurs.
Firearms in the home should also be stored properly. Home burglaries often involve firearms and easy access to firearms can lead to tragic consequences. If you own a firearm, properly securing your firearm when not in use is the best way to prevent accidents around the home. The right secure storage solution is different for everyone. Whatever method is chosen, it must provide adequate protection to prevent unauthorized persons from accessing the firearm.
Firearm security kits, which include a wire-style gun lock and security information, are available free of charge to Naperville residents at the Police Department front desk during normal business hours while supplies last.
To learn more about this important crime prevention topic, the Naperville Police Department is hosting three Home Security/Intrusion Prevention presentations that will share strategies for making your home a tough target and questions about securing your valuables respond. Presentations will be held on Wednesday, March 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. and on Thursday, March 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. instead of :30 p.m. at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Dr.
Visit www.naperville.il.us/asafernaper for more information on burglary prevention and home security.
See you next month… stay alert and stay safe.