Let Someone Know

When you’re going to be absent from home for a few days, ask a neighbor to pick up newspapers or mail, or stop delivery during the period of time you are going to be away from home. Piles of newspapers advertise that no 1 is at home. You may fill out a Keep Check form and mail or email to the Iredell County Sheriffs Office and we will check your home while you are away.

Prevention Tips

When you leave home, whether you’re planning to be away for an hour or several days, you can minimize the chance that your home will be broken into and your valuables stolen. Consider the following prevention tips:
  • Deadbolt locks should be used on all external doors. Locks are only good if they are used.
  • Sliding doors should be secured with a sturdy pin to hold them in place or with a sturdy bar to jam the door into place.
  • Double-hung windows should be secured by drilling a nail size hole between the inner and outer frames, and inserting a nail to prevent them from being forced open. A window lock is worthless unless you keep it locked.
  • Never hide a key outside the home. A trustworthy friend or neighbor should keep a key you can use in an emergency.
  • Rekey the locks if you lose a key, or if you move into a new home.
  • All external doors should be constructed of metal or solid wood.
  • Use a wide-angle viewer on external doors to identify visitors before you unlock the door.
  • Use external lighting where possible. A thief will generally avoid a well-lit area.
  • The more visible your house is to passersby or neighbors, the less likely it will be chosen as a target for a break-in. Shrubs should be planted in locations which would not obstruct the view of passersby or neighbors.
  • Create the illusion that someone is home by using electronic timers on lamps or radios.
  • When you’re going to be absent from home for a few days, ask a neighbor to pick up newspapers or mail, or stop delivery during the period of time you are going to be away from home. Piles of newspapers advertise that no 1 is at home.
  • Leave shades and curtains in normal positions while you are absent from home.
  • Don’t advertise that you are going to be away from home for a period of time. Tell only trusted friends or neighbors.
  • Record a list of all items of value in your home with descriptions and serial numbers, and keep this list in a safe place (such as in a secure filing cabinet at work, or a safety deposit box. Valuable items should also be photographed, and a video tour of each room detailing valuable items of personal property would be helpful if a problem did occur.
  • Use “owner applied” personal numbers, such as social security numbers on valuables, such as televisions, VCRs, and bicycles.
  • If you decide to have an alarm system installed, shop around for a reliable alarm company.
  • Never leave high value items unsecured outside the home in plain sight, such as riding lawn mowers.
  • Be aware of suspicious traffic and/or persons in your neighborhood. Report any suspicious activity to the local police or sheriff’s office.
Make a List
Record a list of all items of value in your home with descriptions and serial numbers, and keep this list in a safe place (such as in a secure filing cabinet at work, or a safety deposit box. Valuable items should also be photographed, and a video tour of each room detailing valuable items of personal property would be helpful if a problem did occur.

Crime Criteria
Remember, in order for a crime to occur, 3 elements must be present:
  • The desire to commit a crime
  • The ability to commit a crime
  • The opportunity to commit a crime
If you do all that you can do to eliminate the opportunity for a person to commit a crime by protecting your home using the tips above, you minimize the chances that your home will be broken into.