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The recent spike of burglaries and financial loss to victims point to the continued need for vigilance.
Target hardening, or protecting vulnerable areas of your home and property by means of physical security devices, is an excellent starting point for reducing the likelihood that your house or apartment will be burglarized. Fairmont Police encourage everyone to use any or all of the following methods to avoid being victimized.
Lock all doors and window when leaving the home unattended, even for a short while.
Keep large sums of cash in banks and expansive jewelry in safe deposit boxes.
Keep your landscaping directly around your home small. This avoids areas where people may be able to lurk around.
Do not hide keys under the doormat, in a flowerpot, or on top of the electricity meter box outside the house.
Do not leave notes outside of the house announcing your absence from home.
Leave a light, radio or T.V. on at night to give an impression that occupants are home.
Cancel all mail or newspaper when you are away from home for a few days.
Change all locks when your house keys are lost or stolen.
Asking your immediate neighbors to keep an eye on your house while you are away can be very beneficial.