Things you can do to make your property safer and avoid becoming a victim:
- Going for a trip?
- notify the NHHA Security Patrol and ask for an out-of-town home check (NHHA members only)
- ask a neighbor to fetch your mail and newspaper.
- Come and go at different times and routes. If you have to keep a strict schedule, look around to see if someone is watching your movements.
- Get to know your neighbors and learn their contact information.
- Call 911, without hesitation, about anybody who makes you the least bit suspicious. That includes peddlers, contractors, salespeople, and vendors. Use the magic words: “SUSPICIOUS PERSON”
- Put padlocks on your fence gates. Lock your cars, doors, and windows. Close your garage door.
- Consider an alarm system and surveillance cameras.
- Photograph/catalog all jewelry, sterling and other valuables.
- Note the serial number of all electronic equipment.
- Don’t put expensive presents under the Christmas tree, visible from the street, and make sure to break down boxes from items purchased so would-burglars don’t know what you’ve got inside.
- Put lights on timers and make sure your exterior lights aren’t burned out or turned off.
- Have a hiding place in the house (not the closet or bedroom) for your jewelry and excess cash (a safety deposit box is better).
- Understand that most thieves will go directly to your master bedroom and closet in search of guns; jewelry; cash; and small items that can be easily carried/pawned.
Send information to NHHA
If you experience or hear of a crime in our neighborhood, please call us (we will alert the neighborhood by e-mail, if necessary).