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Coles Crossing Safety Committee
1. Make sure that there are no weak spots in the house like a master bedroom with no motion sensor.
2. Plenty of light around the house to avoid dark spots
3. Make sure that you question any suspicious person/vehicle. Call non-emergency dispatch if you have any doubt – 713 221 6000
4. Ensure that your neighbors know you well and request them to pay attention if you are not around.
5. Make sure that once in a while you leave your car in the driveway. If always parked in the garage, a house might be targetted assuming that there are no people at home.
6. We all know that we should not leave any valuable item like radar detector etc, which might make our car a target.
7. If possible, replace double pane window in the master bathroom with block glass
8. Make sure that the securty signboard does not look old and also put stickers on windows to let them know that the house has motion detectors.
9. Don’t leave any jewellery/important documents at home, especially in the walk in closet. Use safe deposits. Understand your insurance coverage policy, especially related to jewellery, watches, arms and electronics. Coverage might be as low as $500, unless additional insurance is purchased.
10. Leave your front porch lights on at night.
PUT YOUR CAR KEYS BESIDE YOUR BED AT NIGHT
If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and usually the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator.
Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation.
Test it. It will usually go off from most everywhere inside your house. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break in your house, odds are the possible criminal won’t stick around! And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there.
This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or prevent a crime. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn’t hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she’ll know there’s a problem. (Thought this was a good idea, Thank You Darci for sending this information!)