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KHQ Crime Trackers: 6 Fixes To Help Keep Thieves Out

KHQ.COM - You might assume your home is pretty safe since you lock your windows and doors.
But there's a lot more to protecting your property and keeping criminals out. Kalae chock has six tips that could help you from becoming a thief's next victim.

After being contacted by a viewer who had recently had his house broken into, KHQ Crime Trackers wanted to find out if how that viewer could make his house more secure. So, we called in Crime Prevention Specialist Deputy Travis Pendell from the Spokane County Sheriff's Department.  Deputy Pendell's job is to help you keep thieves out.

1.)Make sure your deadbolt is installed properly.

"Deadbolts have to throw or close entirely in order to lock. If the hole on your jam side is not drilled deep enough, they're easy to open up," Pendell said.

2.) Add a safety spray or glaze to first story windows.

Adding the safety spray will add another layer of protection to your home. Pendell talked about the benefits of the spray: "You've got to hit it multiple times with your hammer, so you'll hear that, the neighbors will hear that, someone will hear that and the guy is taking enough time that maybe we'll respond in time to catch him."

3.) Deputy Pendell says steer clear of motion sensor lights. He likes constant lighting outside the home. "The trouble with motion sensors is that the sensors won't reach all the way to the sidewalk, they reach half way across the yard. So now a bad guy is half way to his destination before he's lit up and it's nothing for him to go 'okay, I'm just going to scoot in underneath the light and take my chances."

4.) Make sure you have screens on your windows and doors. "I'm a big fan of screen doors," Deputy Pendell said. "It's just one more layer of security the bad guy has to get through before he can bop ya."

5.) Deputy Pendell also recommends slider doors. "For slider doors, we make the same suggestion as with slider windows, that you put a dowel or a 2 by 4 in the track. The piece of wood will make sliding the window or door open almost impossible.

6.) Don't block out your neighbor's view. Pendell says "it seems like people seem to edge on the side of privacy, but for everything we gain in terms of privacy, we're giving up some security. So find a balance." He also recommends keeping bushes trimmed and shortening your fence so you can see out. "Just enough to detect movement, you know? and folks will be less likely to hang out back there."

Deputy Pendell says these six fixes could keep thieves from breaking in and making a quick get away with your stuff.

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