It's time for to start thinking of ways to keep our residences safe from burglaries. Taking extra precautions not only helps keep ourselves safe, it helps law enforcement remain pro-active in the process.
Consider looking over your homes and assessing your property for things involving easy access to the residence, the greatest amount of cover and the easiest escape routes.
Keep all doors and windows closed and securely fastened. An open window or door is an invitation, and thieves are often quick to seek out these things. Although deadbolts on doors and locks on our windows don't make homes theft-proof, they certainly make it more difficult to get in.
Lights are vitally important, and installing low-voltage lighting is cost-effective and helps discourage violators. Timers should be used daily and not just when you are away so that helpful neighbors can observe the routine.
Neighbors can help minimize criminal activity by reporting suspicious activity and occasionally parking their car at your residence to give the appearance of occupancy.
An alert community is a safe community and I would encourage people who see something suspicious to step up and make the phone call. By working together we have a lot more eyes and ears to keep our citizens safe, which makes for a great community partnership, too.
TODD DAHL is the Crow Wing County sheriff.
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