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District VI COPS provides home security tips and surveys [South Laurel/Montpelier]
Summer and Daylight Savings Time will be coming to an end soon. With the increased hours of darkness on the horizon, it is a good time for some tips for protecting our homes and belongings from unwanted "visitors." The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) of Prince George's County Police District VI provides the following actions we can take. These include pruning bushes and shrubs from around the home so that windows, porches and doors are visible to passersby and neighbors; drawing shades and blinds to keep items in the household, particularly televisions, video games and other electronics, out of view from the outside; and not discarding packing boxes for such items visibly in the trash. Other suggestions include motion detectors to provide adequate nighttime illumination, setting timers inside the home to automatically turn on lights in various rooms to indicate that someone is home, and installing dead bolts. The District VI COPS unit offers free home security surveys. Call 301-937-0910 and ask for the COPS unit to schedule this beneficial evaluation of your home.
By Sara Ervin Walser, firstname.lastname@example.org 301-717-0050
September 11, 2013