Burglary Prevention Month

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Is that utility company person knocking on the door legitimate? Is there a scheduled appointment, if not, think twice before letting a complete stranger in the home, even if they have “ID.” With the increase of home invasions in all types of neighborhoods, learn how to protect the home and family during Burglary Prevention Month, which is observed in June.

Is that utility company person knocking on the door legitimate? Is there a scheduled appointment, if not, think twice before letting a complete stranger in the home, even if they have “ID.” With the increase of home invasions in all types of neighborhoods, learn how to protect the home and family during Burglary Prevention Month, which is observed in June.

The Facts:

  •     10,328,255 property crimes were committed in the U.S. in 2004.
  •     Burglars break into a house, apartment or condominium every 11 seconds.
  •     60% of residential burglaries occurred during daylight hours.
  •     65% of all burglaries were by forcible entry (use of force of any kind to unlawfully enter a structure).

Source: Burglary Prevention Council & http://www.fbi.gov

“With the recent spike in Northeast burglaries and home invasions this last year, the need for each homeowner to install a home security system is evident,” says Richard Soloway, noted security expert and chairman of NAPCO Security, Inc. (Nasdaq: NSSC).

Soloway has compiled a list of safety tips:

  •     Do not let any unscheduled repair person in the home. Unfortunately, these days it is easy make a really good fake id. If someone shows up and says they are from the water/electric company, call the company before letting anyone in. They should have scheduled an appointment beforehand.
  •     Make sure it looks like the home looks occupied. Turn on a radio or TV when going out, set lights to timers and leave some blinds up to make the house seem occupied.
  •     Secure electric garage door openers. A burglar can get into a house by accessing the garage door opener in a car. Make sure cars are locked and don’t have the garage door opener obviously visible from outside of the car. Lock the entrance door from the garage into the house as well.
  •     Make sure doors and windows are securely locked. Do not invite would be burglars in by leaving a window or door open when no one is in the home.
  •     Keep sliding glass doors secure. Position a solid piece of wood or metal rod in the track to prevent the door from being slid open if a burglar manages to break open the lock.
  •     Do not leave tell tale signs that the house is vacant. Stop mail from being delivered while on vacation so it doesn’t pile up. Ask a friend or neighbor that is trustworthy to check on the house or even park the car in the driveway so it looks as though the house is occupied.
  •     Be aware of who the neighbors are in the neighborhood. Get to know neighbors, pay attention to who is coming and going, and organize a community watch program.
  •     Install a security system in the home. Security systems are more affordable than ever and technological advances have made them easier to use.

On NAPCO and Chairman Richard Soloway:

NAPCO Security Systems (Nasdaq listed as NSSC), is a global leader in design and manufacturing of patented electronic and mechanical security systems whose products include intrusion alarms, fire alarms, electronic locking devices and access control systems. Chairman Richard Soloway’s comments on all aspects of security have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Business Week, Forbes, Crain's New York Business, Newsday, Reuters, Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, Detroit Free Press, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Transcript and The Robb Report among others. NAPCO grosses over $65 million in sales. http://www.napcosecurity.com

To speak with Richard Soloway on burglary prevention or another security topic, call WordHampton Public Relations to arrange an interview at 631-329-0050.

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