How Can I “Burglar-Proof”
If your home has ever been the target
of burglars, you know the gut-wrenching feeling that follows –
how violated you feel afterwards. A small increase in property
crime has accompanied our county’s large expansion in population.
While no one is able to truly “burglar proof” any
home, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office is taking steps to
increase community awareness, providing security advice and related
services to residents both before and after a burglary is committed.
It is our hope that by instituting some basic safety measures
and by taking advantage of a CCSO-conducted security survey your
home will become less of a target for criminals.
By contacting our Community Relations Section (COPS)
personnel at 213-6177 you can request a community policing deputy
visit your home to conduct a security survey. This service is
FREE to any Clay County resident and takes just 30 minutes or
less. The peace-of-mind you’ll receive is well worth the
Meanwhile, here are some tips we can all follow to better protect
our property and families:
- Consider installation of a professional, monitored
- While out of town, have mail and newspaper
delivery postponed or a neighbor pick it up regularly in your
- Proper lighting of your house and surrounding
yard and driveway is crucial to preventing a break-in
- While on vacation, attach interior lamps to
automatic on/off switch system
- “Beware of Dog” signs are a great
deterrent - so is an actual dog
- Landscape under first-floor windows using
thorny plants such as rose and holly bushes
tips might seem like common sense, but hopefully are worthwhile
reminders for even the most safety-conscious residents.