The Omaha Police Department has provided several suggestions to help prevent thieves from getting into your home.
Never allow strangers to enter your home for any reason such as using your telephone or bathroom. Call 911 for them if they need help.
Be wary of sales people, solicitors, or others who claim to be legitimate. Make them prove it with identification. Then call back to their office to verify it.
Remember, a burglar has to knock on your door to see if someone is home, just like anyone else does. If someone is at your door and you are not expecting a visitor or do not already know them, you should become suspicious.
Never leave house keys under the door mat, in the mail box, etc., burglars check these places.
Make sure your home is secured with good doors, windows and locks. Then keep them closed and locked when you are away, even if you will only be in the yard or next door.
Place valuables such as extra cash and jewelry in a bank or safety deposit box.
Keep your shrubs and trees trimmed so they do not become places for intruders to hide. Keep your property neat so burglars know that someone cares for it.
When you are away from your home, make sure things appear as if someone were home. Leaving a radio or television on, the usual lights on, a car in the driveway and using timers are just a few good precautions.
If you will be gone for an extended period, make sure a trusted neighbor will watch your home for you, pick up your mail and call the police if suspicious activity occurs. Also notify the police of your plans. This information will be provided to the officers who patrol your area.
If you have an automatic garage door opener, never exit the garage until the door has closed and you are sure no one entered when the door was open.