Police Residence Forms are available for those citizens of Berea who need the police to keep an eye on things while they are out of town. If you are planning an out of town trip, following some basic safety tips will also help in keeping your property safe.
- Turn down the volume on your telephone ringer. A ringing telephone that goes unanswered is a dead give-away to a burglar. If you turn your ringer down and a burglar is lurking around your home, he won’t be alerted to your absence by a ringing telephone.
- Never leave a message on your answering machine that tells the caller that you are away from home. Instead, say: “I’m not available now.” Use an automatic timer to turn interior lights on and off at varying intervals to give the appearance that someone is inside the home. Leave a television on. Better yet, leave a half-eaten bowl of popcorn by the set. Anyone peering into your windows will naturally assume that someone is inside.
- Leave the drapes in their customary position. Don’t close them completely unless that’s what you would normally do.
- Either stop all deliveries to your home or arrange for a friend or neighbor to pick up your mail and newspaper every day while you’re gone.
- Have someone mow your lawn or rake your yard. A burglar will assume the resident is at home and tending to his property.
- Have a neighbor park in your driveway or in front of your house.
- Before you leave, remember to take some standard safety measures to ensure the security of your home. That includes locking all doors and windows’, making sure the outside of your home is well lit and keeping your shrubs neatly trimmed to eliminate hiding places. The extra time and effort will be worth the additional peace of mind and security you’ll have while you’re away.