Safeguard your Residence: Most Burglaries and Thefts are Crimes of Opportunity

AS RESIDENTS, you are the most important person in deterring crime. Burglars and thieves are lazy by nature and look for easy targets. They seek out homes and apartments that appear to offer the least resistance. Don’t let your home be one of them.

BASIC SECURITY precautions can significantly reduce these crimes. A dark house, an unlocked door, an open window or garage are all opportunities for burglars. With a few simple precautions you can make your home less attractive to a burglar or thief. You can also call the 19th District Community Policing Office for a security assessment of your home.

Inexpensive prevention….

1. Lock all doors and windows.
2. Stop all deliveries when going out of town.
3. Play your radio or television when out of the home.
4. Maintain a liaison with your neighbors when away for an extended time.
5. Be aware of suspicious persons in your neighborhood and call the police.
6. Sliding doors should be secured with lengths of metal or wood inside the track.
7. Do not advertise your habits or impending events such as vacations on social media.
8. Make sure any safe in the residence is secured properly so the burglar doesn’t walk off with it.
9. Keep all shades and curtains closed at night.
10. Keep valuables such as bicycles and delivered packages off the porch and out of sight.
11. If your residence is equipped with an alarm, ARM IT!
For more information contact the 19th District Community Policing Office at 312-744-0064 or


Author: bikeuptown46

I am currently the Communications Director for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters which represents 33,000 union men and women in three states who swing a hammer for a living. I publsih a magazine, a couple of email newsletters and two websites. I also do videos, webinars, advertisng and public relations. As an avid cyclist I ride a three-wheeled trike 5 to 6 days per week 52 weeks per year which adds up to between 5,000 and 6,000 miles year-round, including daily commutes along Chicago's lakefront ... polar vortexes included. I have never missed a day of work because of Chicago's weather. I am an activist who serves humanitarian and political causes: To advocate for the Sudanese in Illinois who have fled Southern Sudan and Darfur is one of my most rewarding experiences. I work with my son Sean on Sudan presentations at churches and community groups with my Sudanese friends on the problems facing them in Darfur, South Sudan and the United States. My son Sean and I work together on the Abolition Institute which seeks to end slavery in the west African nation of Mauritania. My photography chronicles Chicago's lakefront through my daily rides. My photo website is I just self-published my first photo-book on the history of my Chicago neighborhood: Sweet Home Buena Park. I live about one-half mile north of Wrigley Field in the Buena Park neighborhood.

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