Omaha police have provided a few security tips to help protect your home.
Lights: Install lights over all doors, mount spot lights on each corner of the house to illuminate all exterior walls.
Record All Valuable Property: Keep a record of serial numbers along with a detailed description of your property.
Sliding Doors and Windows: Cut a heavy dowel or broom handle to the length of the bottom track and lay it in the track so that the door or window will not slide open when forced. Your door and window dealer also sell devices that serve this purpose.
Basement or Kitchen Doors and Windows: Consider securing with strong ornamental grills or screens.
Sash Windows: Should be secured with quality locking devices. Small wooden blocks or similar devices should be installed in the side tracks to limit the height that the windows can be opened to four (4) inches.
Garage Doors: Should be closed and properly locked. All ladders and tools that may help a burglar break into your house should be locked in the garage or house.
Porch and Yard: Should be clear of all newspapers and circulars. Keep the grass mowed and the snow shoveled.
Dogs: Any dog that barks loudly when a stranger comes to the door is a good deterrent. The noise will scare away most burglars.
Burglar Alarms: Shop for the system that best fits your needs. Alarms do discourage burglars.