OPD Issues Burglary Alert
CREATED Aug. 19, 2013
OMAHA - OPD say they saw an increase in a burglary reports over the weekend.
Police ask people to aware of their surroundings and call 911 if they see any suspicious activity and are sure to include a description of people and license plate information.
The Omaha Police Department released several tips to prevent your home from getting burglarized.
Doors and Locks
The most common way used to force entry through a door with a wooden jamb is to simply kick it open. The weakest point is almost always the lock strike plate that holds the latch or lock bolt in place followed by a glass paneled door. Use a solid core or metal door for all entrance points.
•Use a quality, heavy-duty, deadbolt lock with a one-inch throw bolt
•Use a heavy-duty, four-screw, strike plate with 3-inch screws to penetrate into a wooden door frame (This one step alone will deter or prevent most through-the-door forced entries. You and your family will sleep safer in the future.)
•Use a wide-angle 160° peephole mounted no higher than 58 inches
Sliding-Glass Patio Doors
Sliding glass doors are secured by latches not locks. They are vulnerable to being forced open from the outside because of these inherently defective latch mechanisms. This can be easily be prevented by inserting a wooden dowel or stick into the track thus preventing or limiting movement. Other blocking devices available are metal fold-down blocking devices called "charley bars" and various track-blockers that can be screwed down.
•Use a secondary blocking device on all sliding glass doors
•Keep the latch mechanism in good condition and properly adjusted
•Keep sliding door rollers in good condition and properly adjusted
•Use anti-lift devices such as through-the-door pins or upper track screws
•Use highly visible alarm decals, beware of dog decals or block watch decal
Windows are left unlocked and open at a much higher rate than doors. An open window, visible from the street or alley, may be the sole reason for your home to be selected by a burglar. Ground floor windows are more susceptible to break-ins for obvious reasons.
Like sliding glass doors, anti-lift devices are necessary for ground level and accessible aluminum windows that slide horizontally. The least expensive and easiest method is to install screws half-way into the upper track of the movable glass panel to prevent it from being lifted out in the closed position.
•Secure all accessible windows with secondary blocking devices
•Block accessible windows open no more than 6 inches for ventilation
•Make sure someone cannot reach through an open window and unlock the door
•Make sure someone cannot reach inside the window and remove the blocking device
•Use anti-lift devices to prevent window from being lifted out
•Use crime prevention or alarm decals on ground accessible windows
•Use interior light timers to establish a pattern of occupancy
•Exterior lighting should allow 100- feet of visibility
•Use good lighting along the pathway and at your door
•Use light timers or photo-cells to turn on/off lights automatically
•Use infra-red motion sensor lights on the rear of single family homes
Be a Good Neighbor
• Get to know all your adjacent neighbors
• Start a Neighborhood Watch group and establish trust
• While on vacation - pick up newspapers and mail
• Offer to occasionally park your car in their driveway while your neighbors are on vacation
• Start an email list and share information.