The Carbondale Police Department offers a House Watch Program designed as an extra security measure to help reduce a potential burglary while you are away. In addition, the department also offers a Home Security Survey, which provides recommendations to minimize the potential for burglaries.
Both of these programs are available to Carbondale residents at no charge.
Burglary Prevention Tips While Away
Consider removing electronic equipment (computers, digital cameras, video game systems, etc.) from your residence.
Have someone you trust check your residence.
Make arrangements to have your lawn cut or driveway and sidewalk cleared of snow.
Make sure all doors and windows are locked and functioning correctly.
Put a hold on your mail and newspapers, or have someone collect them while you are away.
Use timers for your lights, television, or radio to give the impression that someone is home.
Burglary Prevention Tips While at Home
Be alert to persons going from house to house, looking in windows, or knocking on doors.
Beware of burglars posing as solicitors.
Don’t advertise recently purchased items or gifts received. Put the boxes in your recycling bin or trash container.
If someone comes to your door needing assistance, offer to call the police while they wait outside.
Keep all entrances to your residence well-lit and maintain landscaping to prevent hiding places.
Keep doors and windows locked, even if you are at home, will only be gone briefly, or are “just going next door.”