- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Here are more tips from the National Crime Prevention Council on keeping homes safe and secure:

Outside entry

• Lock all windows and doors at night and every time you leave the house, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Teach children and other family members to obey this rule.

• Exterior doors should be solid wood or metal-clad and should be secured by a sturdy, well-installed deadbolt lock. Glass panels in or

near doors should be reinforced to avoid shattering.

• Spare keys should be kept only with trusted friends or neighbors, not under a doormat or planter.

• Windows, especially first-floor windows, always should be locked or pinned, even when open just a few inches for ventilation.

• Sliding doors should be secured at least with a metal bar or wood dowel in the track.

Around the yard

• Trim shrubs and bushes so there is no place for criminals to conceal themselves.

m Make sure your house number is displayed clearly so police and emergency services can find your home quickly.

• Secure gates, storage and shed doors with high-security laminated padlocks.

• Lawn mowers, bicycles and other possessions should be secured with high-quality locks or kept inside the home, garage or shed.

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