The Police Department offers these tips for protecting your property.

  • When going on vacation, make sure your home looks occupied.  Put interior lights on timers, arrange to have mail and newspaper delivery stopped, close and lock your garage door.  Develop a mini-neighborhood watch have neighbors watch your home.  Have neighbors use your driveway.  The secret is to maintain the “lived-in-look”.
  • Monroe Police Department offers a vacation check service.  We will check the security of your home while you are on vacation.  Just give us a call with your travel plans and emergency numbers we will check your home while you are out of town.
  • When doing your spring yard work, trim shrubbery hiding doors or windows and cut tree branches that could help a thief climb to second story windows.
  • While working or entertaining in the rear of the house, be sure you keep the front of your house locked-up.  Many criminals cruise residential neighborhoods looking for open garages and open front doors with the homeowners in the rear.
  • Make sure all entrances, and near the house yard areas are well lit at night.  Motion sensors, timers, and light sensors are an inexpensive option.  Decorative lighting, designed properly, also doubles as security lighting.
  • Be very cautious of “contractors” who “happen to be in your neighborhood”, or “are doing a job near-by” or “have left over material”.  If you did not call the person, you DO NOT want to do business with them. 
  • DO NOT allow door-to-door salespersons in your home.  Quite often an excuse to use the restroom or use your phone is a way to get in your home to steal.
  • Protect your summer tools.  Lawnmowers, trimmers, other power tools, along with hand tools like shovels, trimmers, etc. are big theft items.  Do not leave them out at night and keep them locked up in a garage or shed.  We invest a lot of money in these tools. 
  • Your children’s toys are another item to protect. The police find many bikes just abandoned in parks from being “borrowed” from someone’s front yard.
  • While doing your spring clean-ups around the house, do a digital inventory of your yard tools.  Cary a digital camera and photography your tools.  The kids bikes too.  If they are stolen you will have photos to provide law enforcement of the items.  It only takes a few minutes.
  • While you are at it, go ahead and photograph you entire interior.  This would be extremely handy in a burglary or even in the event of a fire or storm.  Insurance Companies will want an itemized list of lost items.  Photographs are the best.
  • Keep a copy of the photographs off site.  Tell a friend or relative to document their property.  Exchange copies.  If your house is destroyed in a fire, you can then retrieve the information from this location.
  • DO NOT hide a key.  If you can think of a place to hide it, a burglar can think of the same place.
  • Get to know your neighborhood.  Learn who or what fits, and who or what does not.  You know your neighborhood better than the police do.  If something is suspicious to you, trust your instincts.  Call the police to check out your suspicions.
  • If you have specific questions about home safety or need further information call Monroe Police at 513-539-9234.