The Parker Police Department has provided a list of common mistakes that make homeowners an easy mark for thieves.
Hide-a-Key - Many homeowners, afraid they will lose their keys and lock themselves out, choose
to hide a key somewhere on the property like under a rock, under a doormat, in a potted plant or above the door. Never leave the key to your house where it can be found. If you frequently lose your keys or lock yourself out of the house, consider getting a fingerprint or keypad door lock for your front door.
Broken Locks - It is important to make sure all of your doors have strong modern locks that are in good repair. Be sure all exterior doors are secured with a dead bolt with at least a one-inch throw and your strike plates are secured with three-inch screws.
Alarm Systems not Turned on - A home security system is only useful when updated and activated. Test your alarm on a regular basis and check for any upgrades to the software. And don't forget to turn it on when you leave the house, even if you're just planning to run an errand.
Untamed Landscaping - Your home will be more secure if neighbors can see into your front and back yard. Keep the foliage trimmed, especially around the house, and make sure all the outdoor lights are in good working order (even better, install motion or body heat-sensing outdoor lights).
Unlocked Storage Sheds - If you have a storage shed, make sure you keep it locked at all times, otherwise you're offering thieves free use of all your tools which can certainly help them figure out a way into your home. Also, make sure you don't leave a ladder laying out in your yard. Someone could use this to gain access to the second-story windows.
Keys in the Car - Never leave a set of house keys in the car. If you do, a burglar who gains access to your car will also have access to your house. Also remember to take your garage door opener out of your car if you leave it parked outside your house. If your car is broken into, the garage door opener will allow access straight into your house.
For more information contact Officer Dawn Cashman at 303.841.9800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.