Property Crime

Property Crime

Property crime has likely affected us all at one point or another. Whether you have been the victim of a theft from your vehicle or a burglary, it can be costly. There are things you can do, however, to help prevent yourself from being a victim.

According to Ohio law, a burglary is to an occupied structure, such as a home, while a B&E is generally to an unoccupied structure, such as a shed, store, or an abandoned warehouse.

Burglary Prevention Tips

  • Keep your house locked up, including the windows.
  • Use deadbolts on all outside doors, including the door from the garage to the living area.
  • Use quality steel or solid wood doors for exterior doors.
  • Don’t leave valuables in plain site through the windows.
  • Consider leaving your TV on when you are away. A burglar is much less likely to go into your house if they think someone is home.
  • If you are going to be gone at night, leave a light on.
  • Make sure the exterior of your home is lit up with outside lighting.
  • Talk to your neighbors. Ask them to keep an eye on your house and property and to call the police if they notice anything suspicious. Consider starting a block watch program in your neighborhood.
  • Consider a home alarm system.

B&E Prevention Tips

  • Keep your shed locked.
  • Use a deadbolt on the door. If you use a padlock, make sure to use a heavy duty padlock.
  • Use quality steel or wood doors.
  • If you are going to be gone at night, leave a light on in and around the house.
  • Make sure the exterior of your shed is lit up with outside lighting.
  • Talk to your neighbors. Ask them to keep an eye on your house and property and to call the police if they notice anything suspicious.
  • Consider a home alarm system that covers your shed area.

Theft From Vehicle Prevention Tips

  • Try to park in a well-lit area, whether on the street or in your driveway.
  • Do not leave any valuables in the car, especially in plain site. This includes GPS units, purses, electronic devices, etc.
  • Lock your car. While it’s possible a thief will break your window to get in, it’s less likely if they don’t see any valuables inside.
  • If you decide to leave your car unlocked, limit the amount of personal belongings inside or, better yet, don’t leave any personal belongings inside, including change, vehicle title, etc.
  • Talk to your neighbors. Ask them to keep an eye on your vehicle and property and to call the police if they notice anything suspicious.