- Keep your outside doors locked (even when you are home).
- Don’t advertise your class or work schedule.
- Never leave a note on the door saying when you will return.
- Pull shades or drapes after dark.
- If the property owner won’t replace cheap locks, ask if you can do so at your expense.
- Leave some lights on when you are gone.
- Do not trust chain locks — they are not strong enough to keep out a determined intruder.
- Be sure all valuables are permanently marked with your social security number, and record all serial numbers.
- Look outside before opening the door. If you can’t see the area in front of the door, install a magnifying peephole (all you need is a drill and screwdriver).
- Never let strangers in the door. If it is a repair or service representative, call the property owner or company to ensure they are supposed to be there. Always insist on identification (a PA driver’s license is the best I.D.).
- Do not allow a stranger to spend a night in your apartment no matter how sad the story.
- Always have your key in your hand as you approach the entryway.
- Never leave valuables such as TV’s, stereos, jewelry, purses, etc., where they can be seen from a window.
- Get to know your neighbors. If you look out for them, they’ll look out for you.
- Buy renter’s insurance.
- If any problem occurs, notify the police immediately. Keep the Police Department phone number in a conspicuous place, preferably on a sticker attached to the phone.
July 15 to May 15
Contact Jackie Warnick-Piatt
May 15 to July 15
Contact Scott Miner