The best way to prevent burglaries is to get involved and report suspicious activity to the Haddam Resident Troopers Office at (860) 345-2769, if it's an emergency call 911. If possible write down license plates numbers, and /or any other identifying feature of suspicious vehicles.
How to Prevent Burglaries
•Call the state police to report suspicious activity. Don't assume someone else will take care of it. You can be the eyes of your neighborhood, and you may remain anonymous.
• Protect your property. Light is a great deterrent. Lock up your residence at all times.
* Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
* Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
* Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
* Keep your garage door closed and locked.
* Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them in regularly.
* Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
* Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
* Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
* Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.
* Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.
Don't Provide Temptation:
* Lawn mowers, barbecues and bicycles are best stored out of sight
* Always lock your garden sheds and garages.
* Use curtains on garage and basement windows.
* Never leave notes on your door such as "Gone shopping."
* No lock, regardless of its quality, can be truly effective. Key-in dead bolt locks provide minimum security. Ask a locksmith for advice on your situation.
* Change locks immediately if your keys are lost or stolen.
* When moving into a new home, have all locks changed.
Targeting the Outside:
* Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.
* Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.
* Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.
* Most windows can be pinned for security.
* Drill a 3/16" hole on a slight downward slant through the inside window frame and halfway into the outside frame - place a nail in the hole to secure the window.
* An alarm system is excellent for home security. It provides peace of mind to homeowners, especially while on vacation. There are many alarm systems on the market.
* Shop around with different companies for the best security system available to you.
* If you have a home alarm system, use it! Alarm systems are only useful when you remember to activate them.
* Many individuals have alarm systems but do not arm them because it is inconvenient. Many burglars know this and will not be deterred by a window sticker or sign indicating that the home has an alarm system.
If Your Home Is Broken Into:
If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door:
* Do not enter - the perpetrator may still be inside.
* Use a neighbor's phone or your cell phone to call police.
* Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
* Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
* Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.
Other precautions you should take:
* Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other "secret" hiding places -- burglars know where to look for hidden keys.
* Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and original value, and serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from home — this is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
* Trim your shrubbery around your home to reduce cover for burglars.
* Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 9-1-1 immediately.
* Mark your valuables with your driver's license number with an engraver you can borrow from your precinct. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.
* Form a Neighborhood Watch Group. We can help you work with your neighbors to improve security and reduce risk of burglary.
The state of Connecticut continues to experience rashes of car burglaries. The majority of these burglars are coming into rural towns in the very early morning hours to steal a vehicle and / or anything of value inside. While law enforcement agencies are making efforts regarding prevention and arresting those involved, it is very important to follow the below prevention tips.
* Do not leave valuables in plain view.(especially GPS devices & mounts, lap tops, PDA's, cell phones, MP3's, wallets, purses)
* ALWAYS Lock doors and close windows
* DO NOT leave firearms in your vehicle.
* Do not leave keys in the vehicle.
* Do not leave the garage door opener in plain view.
* Do not leave out items with personal information.
* Do not move valuable items to the trunk while in public view.