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  • Writer's pictureMichael Kent

Attend 2 Burglaries in Leeds today before it was even dark!

Helpful measures you can take to prevent a burglary.

Tips to Prevent Burglary

The Leeds Locksmith wants to help reduce your chance of having a burglary to your home or vehicle. The most important thing you can do it call the police to report a crime or any suspicious activity. You are the eyes of your neighborhood and a large part of our community policing efforts. Home Burglaries

  • Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.

  • Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed.

  • Keep your garage door closed and locked.

  • Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.

  • Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.

  • Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.

  • Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.

  • Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.

  • Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.

  • Don't share your vacation plans on social media.

Don't Tempt a Thief

  • Lawn mowers, barbecues and bicycles are best stored out of sight.

  • Always lock your garden sheds and garages.

  • Use curtains on garage and basement windows.

Targeting the Outside

  • Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.

  • Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.

  • Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.


  • An alarm system is excellent for home security. It provides peace of mind to homeowners, especially while on vacation.

  • If you have a home alarm system, use it! Activate your alarm system — alarm systems are only useful when you remember to activate them.

  • Many individuals have alarm systems but do not arm them because it is inconvenient. Many burglars know this and will not be deterred by a window sticker or sign indicating that the home has an alarm system.

If Your Home Is Broken Into If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door:

  • Do not enter - the perpetrator may still be inside.

  • Use a neighbor's phone to call police.

  • Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.

  • Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.

  • Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.

Other precautions you should take:

  • Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other “secret” hiding places -- burglars know where to look for hidden keys.

  • Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and original value, and serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from home — this is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.

  • Trim your shrubbery around your home to reduce cover for burglars.

  • Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 9-1-1 immediately.

  • Mark your valuables with your driver's license number with an engraver you can borrow from your precinct. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.

  • Form a Neighborhood Watch Group. We can help you work with your neighbors to improve security and reduce risk of burglary.

  • Consider installing a burglar alarm system.

Car Burglaries Tips on how to avoid car break-ins:

  • Do not leave valuables in plain view: (Satnav, tablet devices, laptops, PDA’s, phones, iPod, wallets, purses)

  • Do not leave windows or sunroof open.

  • Do not leave doors unlocked.

  • Do not leave keys in the vehicle.

  • Do not leave the garage door opener in plain view.

  • Do not leave out items with personal information.

  • Do not move valuable items to the trunk while in public view.

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