Before robbers decide on your house, make it the least appealing to thieves on the block. That's according to Houston Police Officer Alvin Steelman. He says create multiple layers that a thief must get through in order to gain access to your home:
"The alarm signs, trim your shrubbery back. Make sure you have a good fence, there's no obstructions around your fence. Make sure that there's no blind spots. If you do have a blind spot, make sure you get a convex mirror so that you can look above the fence to see if someone is hiding behind that."
He says keep the outside of your home illuminated on all sides using energy efficient compact fluorescents. On the inside, Officer James Byrd says having double dead bolt locks and keeping windows secured are a must for any home, new or old.
"There's no real problem with a home that's older, you can secure it just as well. If you want to add double pane windows, or if you have the sheeting, the screening on there that can help the glass from being broken, it may cost more money. But for the most part, it's not gonna cost very much money to secure your home."
Police say it's also a good idea toÎ¾ know your neighbors. Homeowner Lee Hudman says the safer you make your house, the more secure you feel.
"I like to be able to go to sleep at night. I don't have to worry about somebody breaking into my house. So, it's very important. I mean, cause we're in a big city and there's crime everywhere. People get murdered in River Oaks, so you know, it could happen anywhere."Î¾
More home safety tips can be found at www.houstontx.gov/police/crime_prevention.
PH, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.