October is Crime Prevention Month and it’s a great time to improve personal safety initiatives within your family, home and community. Each of us plays a role in preventing crime. Pasco Sheriff’s Office offers some steps to help protect homes and neighborhoods from crime.
Take the time to complete a home safety evaluation this Crime Prevention Month. Ensure all the locks to exterior doors and windows of the home are functioning properly and clear from any debris. Don’t forget to keep them locked at all times, too. Never leave a spare key near doors. Instead, ask a trusted neighbor to store one. Secure any outdoor items, such as grills, patio furniture or other valuable items, in a shed or a garage, to reduce the opportunity for theft or property damage. Check that fences and gate latches work well and are closed at all times. Finally, keep your home and yard clean and tidy. Illuminate dark areas, and trim overgrown trees or shrubs that can create hiding spots for intruders.