October is National Crime Prevention Month and also the month for Halloween. The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) has some tips for keeping your house and kids safe:
- Clear your yard and sidewalk of any obstacles or decorations that may be hard to see in the dark, lest someone go bump in the night.
- Keep your house well lighted, both inside and out; you wouldn’t want to miss any particularly good costumes, would you?
- Ask your Neighborhood Watch or local citizen’s group to haunt (patrol) your community.
- Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police or sheriff’s department.
The NCPC’s website has other useful information about keeping your house and neighborhood safe all year long. The Library’s Home Neighborhood also has several books on home security.
Home Security: Your Guide to Protecting Your Family shows you how to choose, buy, and install effective home security devices. The book provides a safety quiz and helps you identify security leaks around your house.
Savvy Guide to Home Security covers all aspects of choosing a home security system. It helps you assess, purchase, and maintain a security system. Whether you are installing a system yourself or purchasing from a security company, this book will be of assistance to you.