June 15, 2015
Mr. Parks White, Northern Judicial District Attorney, presented a program on personal home security and the need to be cognizant of the dangers of burglary as well as fire damage and loss. He defined burglary as the unlawful entry into a home with the intent to commit a theft or felony inside. Burglars gain entrance into homes quickly and usually depart in minutes. This requires the home owner to be pro-active and make their home burglar resistant.
His advice was to install a home security system and indicate that you use such a system, install motion sensor lights and use blue lights as they are associated with police. Install smart deadbolts; secure rear doors to avoid “kick-ins.” Use a small safe bolted into concrete to secure valuables and firearms. If a firearm is considered for home protection, the homeowner should become proficient in safe handling and regularly practice to use it as a deterrent. Most important, Parks advised that homeowners confirm they indeed have an intruder to avoid an accidental shooting.
Mr. White addressed the need to replace smoke detector batteries and check them periodically. He strongly suggested that all household items be photographed, especially serial numbers of any expensive items. A copy of these photos should be backed up in a safe manner. Other suggestions included the use of outdoor game/wildlife cameras and interior motion cameras. Concluding his address, Parks welcomed questions from those attending.