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Crime Prevention

Burglary Prevention

Follow these easy steps to make your home less appealing to criminals:

  • Make sure you have sturdy metal or solid wood doors at all entries into your home, and that sliding glass and similar doors are properly secured.
  •  Install and use well-made deadbolt locks (1.5-inch throw or greater) on all exterior doors.
  • Make sure all exterior doors have wide-angle viewers that can be used by everyone in the house. Install two viewers at different heights if necessary.
  • Light up entry doors so that you can tell who’s there. Motion detector lights, flood lights, or similar lighting can help brighten up the property.
  • Trim the shrubbery around your doors and windows so crooks don’t have a place to hide.
  • Instead of hiding keys around the outside of your house, give a key to a neighbor that you trust.
  • Consider an alarm. They can be a good investment, especially if you have valuables in your home.
  • During the day, leave drapes and shades in a normal position; the way you have them when at home. Don’t leave easily movable valuables in sight close to windows.
  • At night, leave on some inside lights – bathrooms and hallways, for example.
  • Consider buying automatic timers that turn lamps on after dark, then off a few hours later or at dawn.
  • Never leave garage doors open – especially with no car in sight.  This is a WELCOME sign to burglars.
  • Install deadbolt locks. Make sure locks are firmly screwed in solid wood – not just into a light door jamb. The longer the screws and the longer the lock bolt, the safer your home will be.
  • Burglars often try to find out if anyone is home by phoning.  Warn family members, especially children, not to give out information over the phone.
  • Avoid putting your name on mailboxes or on doors.
  • Don’t open your door to anyone you don’t know and trust.
  • Never keep large sums of cash around the house. Keep valuable jewelry that you don’t often wear in a safe deposit box.
  • Don’t advertise your vacation plans. Let a trusted neighbor know you’re going on vacation and ask them to keep an eye on your house and pick up any mail or newspapers left at your doorstep.
  • If you’ll be away from your home for an extended time, call the City of District Heights Police Department (301) 336-1400.
  • Keep an eye on your neighbors’ homes and ask them to do the same for you.

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  • NLC Service Line Warranty Program

    The City of District Heights is notifying residents of a program provided through the National Leauge of Cities (NLC) Service Line Warranty Program administered by Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA). This program offers a warranty to homeowners that covers repairs or replacements of the outside water line that runs from the point of utility responsibility to the home. Property owners are accountable for these repairs, not the utility.

    For more information on this program or to enroll, please visit SLWA's site at www.SLWofA.com.

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