Home Burglaries

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The first step in preventing home burglaries is to lock all doors and windows. Yet, this simple action is unfortunately often disregarded or forgotten by many victims of residential burglaries. Typically, in more than half the residential burglaries in Eden Prairie, the burglar obtained entrance to the dwelling through an unlocked and/or open door. Criminals most often choose the easiest way to commit a crime. The most common entrance by burglars is through an open overhead garage door.

Many valuable items are kept in a garage, including vehicles, which are also often left unlocked. Most importantly, many burglars who enter the garage do not hesitate to enter the house through an unlocked access door. Some of these burglaries occur during the overnight hours, when homeowners and their families are sleeping inside.

Tips for preventing home burglaries
  • Lock doors and windows.
  • Use a solid core or heavy metal door for all entrance points.
  • Use quality, heavy duty, deadbolt locks with at least a 1-inch throw bolt.
  • Use a heavy duty, strike plate with 3-inch screws.
  • Secure sliding glass doors.
  • Place lights near porches, outside of all doorways, garage doors and all other points of entry. Keep any entryways well-lit. Motion detecting lights are also good choices for home security.
  • Create the illusion that you are home by using timers on lights, radios and TVs. Making your residence appear occupied, even when no one is home, will deter criminals.
  • Have someone collect mail and newspapers if you are not home.
  • Arrange to have someone cut your lawn, plow or shovel your walk and driveway.
  • Never leave a message on your telephone answering machine telling people that you are away from home.
  • Don't keep valuables in your bedroom. Burglars normally make a beeline for the bedroom because they know that people tend to keep cash and jewelry there. Keep your valuables in an unlikely place.
  • Keep shrubbery trimmed away from entrances and walkways. While large, ornate hedges may be beautiful, they also provide a hiding place for burglars who need only a minute to break in through a window or door.
  • Keep the perimeter of your home well-lit. Install a low voltage outdoor lighting system.
  • Get to know your neighbors. Establish that you can count on them and that they can count on you to report suspicious activities to the police. Nothing beats a cautious neighbor, ready to call 911, for burglary protection.

If you choose to purchase an alarm

  • Display alarm signs as they are a visible deterrent.
  • Make sure it is properly installed, programmed and maintained.
  • Include an audible horn or bell along with the automatic notification of the alarm company.
  • Make sure your alarm response call list is up to date.
  • Instruct your neighbor how to respond to an alarm horn or bell.