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Home Safety Tips from SCPD
Learn valuable home safety information
Posted Date: 3/5/2014

The Santa Clara Police Departments is offering residents important tips to combat burglary and keep your home safe.

Home Safety Tips• Secure all outside doors with deadbolt locks. Outer doors should be 1-3/4 inch thick solid core wood or metal.
• Install good lighting at all entrances.
• Add auxiliary locks to sliding glass doors to prevent lifting and sliding.
• Add auxiliary locks on all windows to prevent lifting and sliding.
• Introduce yourself to your neighbors and work out a mutual watch and warning system to prevent burglaries and other break-ins.
• Identify your belongings by engraving your driver's license number on your possessions. The Central Park Library checks out engraving devices free of charge. For more information call 408-615-2900.
• Use automatic timers to turn indoor lights on and off to give the appearance you are home.
• Stop mail and other deliveries when you are gone for any length of time, or have a trusted neighbor pick them up for you.
• Close and lock doors and windows every time you leave your home.
• Install a peephole viewer in your door.
• If your front entrance contains decorative glass, install your security keypad in a spot that is not visible from the doorstep.
• Do not automatically open your door. Make sure you know who is on the other side before you open it. Insist on identification from repair and sales persons. If in doubt, call their company for identification or look up the company name and phone number in the phone book.
• Have your locks re-keyed every time you move into a new house or apartment.
• If you live in an apartment, be attentive, and be careful if you are alone in the laundry room or garage, especially late at night.
• Do not admit persons asking to use your telephone. Offer to make the call for them.
• Lower the ringer on your telephone. A passerby won’t hear it go to voicemail indicating no one is home.
• If you come home and find a door or window open or signs of forced, do not enter. Call the police for assistance.
• Don't hide spare keys. Give keys to trusted neighbors.
• Plant thorny shrubs, like rose bushes, beneath ground-floor windows.
• Don’t store items near the side of the house that can be used as a step-ladder to a window.
• If you are going away on vacation, ask a neighbor to check your home daily for deliveries, mail or flyers stuck to your front door
• Join SCPD’s Neighborhood Watch Program. For more information, contact Rachel Thomas at or by calling 408-615-4876.