Home Safety tips from Brooklyn Police.
Never leave a message on your answering machine that indicates you may be away from home. Rather than saying " I'm not at home right now," say " I'm not available right now."
When home-park your cars in the garage with the garage door shut. Burglars look for patterns when garage doors are open or cars are in the driveway.
Make your house look the same whether you are away or at home.
Do not provide your house keys to service people.
Do not let strangers inside your home. Burglars sometimes like to " case" the home by posing as a motorist in distress or other guise. Once inside, they look for valuables that are worth stealing and then come back later when you are not home.
When working outside, leave all other doors that are out of sight locked.
Avoid discussing with others the valuables that are kept in your home.
Discuss home safety with your children.
Do not share any security system or garage door codes.
When returning home-be observant! If something looks questionable-a slit screen, a broken window or an open door-DON'T GO INSIDE!