During the first six months of 2013, Mill Valley experienced 27 residential burglaries. For 2012, the total residential burglaries were 34. Most of these burglaries occur during the day and to homes that were left unsecured.
If you can delay a burglar or home invader at the point of entry then you have a chance of stopping or slowing entry and time to call the police. The weakest home security leak is the occupant who fails to lock doors and windows or who will open the door without question at the sound of a knock.
The Mill Valley Police Department would like to offer some burglary prevention tips:
Ø Install solid core doors, heavy-duty locks and window security devices
Ø Lock all doors, windows and garages
Ø Install strike plates in exterior door frames
Ø Use the door security peephole BEFORE opening the door
Ø Use your porch light to clearly see your porch and beyond
Ø Do not rely on a chain-latch as a barrier to partially open the door
Ø Never open your door to strangers or solicitors
Ø Call the police if anyone or anything seems suspicious
Ø Alert your neighbors to suspicious incidents/people
Ø Always set your alarm at night and when you are not at home
Ø Hold a family meeting to discuss home security plans (such as how and when to answer the door and phone)
The most common point of entry is the front door and the garage
Ø How secure is your front door?
Ø Do you keep your garage door open?
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