RYE BROOK, N.Y. - The Rye Brook Police Department would like to pass on the following message regarding safety during this holiday season.
During the upcoming holiday break many homes may be vacant due to travel or celebrating the holidays, therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to suggest the following tips to help prevent you from becoming a victim of a break in of your home. Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in. Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day. Keep your garage door closed and locked. Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly. Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary. Push button locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors. Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security. Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives. If you are going to be out of town for more than two days please contact the Rye Brook Police Department at 914-937-1020 and ask to have your home added to the vacant house list. The police department keeps a list of homes in Rye Brook where the homeowners are away. A Rye Brook police officer will make periodic checks of the exterior each vacant house on the list. Please remember that the community is the eyes and ears of the police department. Any behavior that does not match the usual pattern of activity found within our daily lives should be reported to the Rye Brook Police Department (914-937-1020 ), no matter how insignificant you may feel it is. A police officer will investigate.
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