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Protect Your Home from Burglars During Your Thanksgiving Travels

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NBCRightNow.com - Kennewick Police have some advice for people traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday. Here are some ideas to keep your home safe while you are away.

• Exterior Doors- Install solid core wood doors with rugged frames that cannot be spread apart with a pry bar. A single cylinder dead bolt lock with a one-inch throw and reinforced strike plate in addition to the key-in-the-lock type lock is essential.
• Exterior Lighting- A 40 watt light at each entrance will provide you with both safety and security that will not be wasting energy when used in conjunction with a timer or sensor.
• Landscaping- Shrubs and debris that provide you with privacy also give a burglar a place to hide. Prune bushes to two feet and trim trees up at least four feet.
• Windows- Windows should have auxiliary locking devices. Keep windows closed and locked when you are away.
• Alarms- Many types of alarm systems work well to protect homes. The system should be individually tailored to suit the needs of the residents.
• Interior Lighting- When you are away from home, keep some interior lights on. This creates the appearance that someone is home. Use a timer to turn lights on and off at normal hours.
• Neighborhood Watch- Talk with your neighbor and have them look after your home while you are gone. Collect the mail, papers and deliveries. Make your home look lived in.
• Operation Identification- Operation ID is a crime prevention program specifically designed to discourage theft and provide a means of easy identification of stolen property by marking your valuables.

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