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14th District Burglary Prevention Tips

The burglary basics

  • 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 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 stick a broomstick or dowel rod in the track of sliding glass doors. Special locks are also available for better security. 
  • Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives. 

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14th District Police, Warning Against Auto Theft

14th Police District, 43 West Haines Street, Phila, PA 19144

Thieves like to window shop too!  they observe what's visible in your vehicle and take it!

Many owners are attaching a navigation device to the dashboard or windshield of their vehicles, and then forgetting to detach and secure it when they exit their vehicle.  Many owners are leaving computer bags with the computer inside, purses along with jewelry and money.

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Police Advise: Make It Difficult for the Burglar

Most burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves.  In two out of ten burglaries they don't even have to use force - they get in through an open door or window.


Look at your home through the burglar's eyes - are there places where they could break in unseen?  Have you fitted strong locks on your doors and windows?  Would they have to make a lot of noise by breaking glass?


Look at your Construction Site or House under Renovation through the burglar's eyes - is it unsecured and full of expensive tools, ideal for breaking into the rest of the house and removing anything of value.

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Burglar-Proof Your Car

  1. Remove visible items, and if it's valuable take it with you. Covering up a box may only make a thief more suspicious of its contents.
  2. Lock it up! Lock your vehicle and take the keys, even for a quick errand. This includes your trunk, hatchback or tailgate.

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Pruning for Safety

We love the green streetscapes of Mt. Airy!  Many of us chose to live in this neighborhood for its mature street trees and yards full of flowering plants.

BUT how much is too much?  The dedicated patrollers of Carpenter’s Woods Town Watch, who take time every week to watch the safety of our area and be seen doing it, want you to know that how you prune affects safety for all of us:

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