Habersham County Sheriff's Office · 1000 Detention Drive ·
Clarkesville, GA 30523 · (706) 754-6666
Burglary Prevention Tips
Burglary is a
crime of opportunity. Burglars will often walk around a
house several times looking for the easiest way in. These
tips are suggested to make your home a less attractive
appearance that you are home by using timers on lights,
radios and televisions.
perimeter of your home well lit. Motion sensor lighting or
thermal sensor lighting should be used illuminating all
possible points of entry.
Keep doors and
windows locked. Over thirty per cent of burglaries are
through an open door or window. Doors should have dead-bolt
locks with at least a one inch throw and a reinforced strike
plate with three inch screws. All windows should have locks.
trimmed away from entrances and windows.
glass doors with a metal bar, known as a "charlie bar", in
the track. This prevents the door from being forced open or
lifted from the track.
garage door. Do not rely on the garage door opener.
neighborhood. Get to know your neighbors that surround your
house. Neighbors who communicate regularly are more likely
to report suspicious activity to the police. Let a neighbor
know if you are going away.
Do not leave
clues that you are away. Burglars look for uncollected
trash, newspapers, mail and deliveries. Stop your paper and
mail delivery. Ask a neighbor to take in any unexpected
deliveries or flyers. Do not leave a message on your
answering machine that says you are away.
Do not hide
keys under mats, above ledges or in planter boxes.
Experienced burglars will check these places.
If you see
something that may be suspicious call the sheriff's office.
Many times after a burglary a neighbor will say that they
saw or heard something and wished they called the sheriff's
office. We are never too busy to check
out suspicious activity. Concerned neighbors are our best
source for crime prevention.