In July, your board ask your King County Sheriff, Captain Greg Thomas, to speak with our community and he graciously accepted. During the “at the beach” meeting, Captain Thomas spent time both presenting new information and answering questions posed by the approximately 30 attending ALCC members.
Beyond the excellent information from Capt. Thomas, here are a few notes we took:
-Make sure all ladders are stored where others can’t use them to enter your home. If they are stored outdoors, secure them with a lock.
-Garage doors without windows are best, as some bad guys will break the corner window and pull the release to enter your garage.
-If you invest in security cameras, ensure that the image quality is high so that the footage will be useful. Yes, this will cost more.
-Never leave any keys, garage door opener, or other document with your home address in your vehicle when attending a long event such as the movies or sports events, as thieves know you’ll be gone for a few hours and they have time to break and enter your home before your return. The sheriff suggests taking your vehicle registration with you into the event.
-If you have sliding doors, check that it was installed correctly (many are not), that the correct slider is on the inside so that the outer slider can’t be popped out of it’s track easily.
-Longer screws in your exterior door casing is added security, and is something you can do yourself.
-Posting your vacation photos on Facebook or similar sites is an advertisement that you are out of town and you are vulnerable to break-ins.
-Skylights are “doors on the ceiling” and are used by burglars to gain entry.
-Noise emanating rom your home while you are away is good!
Sherrif Thomas provided this HOME SECURITY CHECKLIST. You may find areas around your home that need improvement in order to help minimize your family’s chances of being a crime victim. Let’s do all we can!
Information to make note of:
You may email Greg Thomas at: Greg.Thomas@kingcounty.gov
Email Dow Constantine (KC Executive) at: Dow.Constantine@kingcounty.gov
Sheriff office telephone #: 206-263-9133
Sheriff Thomas’ telephone #: 206-423-1485
Thank you for your time, Captain Thomas!