Burglary is a violation of privacy, as well as a major inconvenience for the victims as they contact their insurance companies, try to replace their stolen goods, and replace or repair damaged property. There are a number of crime prevention techniques that citizens can utilize to help protect their property and vehicles from being burglarized. Some of the following are listed below.
Leave your garage door and outbuilding doors closed at all times; even when you’re at home.
Always chain and lock your bicycles, scooters and lawn mowers.
Do what you can to increase the visibility to your property such as increasing lighting and cutting back overgrown trees or bushes.
Install 1” case hardened steel deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
Whenever possible, try to leave a vehicle parked in the driveway even when there is no one home. Remember to leave no valuables in the car and lock the doors.
Get to know your neighbors well so that you can help each other by calling 9-1-1 if a suspicious character is on your or their property.
Consider installing an alarm system. Some insurance companies will offer up to a 20% discount on your home owner’s policy if you have an alarm system in place.
Call 9-1-1 if you see suspicious characters in your neighborhood. This is especially true if you live in a rural area of the county. Burglars are most often caught by citizens calling 9-1-1 for a suspicious character. You can tell the difference between solicitors and burglars. Solicitors will generally go to every house on the street and will look for houses that appear occupied. Burglars will skip several houses or look for houses that appear to be unoccupied. Solicitors want to contact as many people as possible, burglars and thieves generally want to avoid people.
Keep valuables, guns, and important documents locked in a safe inside your house in order to make it much more difficult for a burglar to remove these items from your home.
The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office Community Liaison Unit offers home and business owners the opportunity to have a deputy come out to their homes and/or businesses and provide advice about what can be done to make homes and businesses safer and less prone to burglaries and thefts.
It is also recommended that home and business owners consider completing a Property Inventory Sheet, which would allow them to catalog all of the pertinent identifying information on their valuable items. Having serial numbers, VINs, and other identifying information in an accessible place is extremely helpful to law enforcement officers in the event that a burglary or theft does occur. Insurance companies often request a copy of property inventory sheets as well.