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Tips On Home Security

The Covington Police Department's Community Outreach Division offers a home security survey at no charge. Listed below are several tips that can help with home security. The Police Department also encourages all citizens to get involved with an organized Neighborhood Watch. Our Community Outreach officers will train neighborhoods on how to organize a Neighborhood Watch Program.

  • Know your trusted neighbors and assist one another during emergencies.
  • Illuminate all exterior entryways. Porch lights and spot lights that are secure and out of the burglar’s reach are recommended.
  • Street lights are a deterrent for your neighborhood, but your personal residence should also be well lighted.
  • Install and use a wide-angle door viewer on all exterior doors.
  • Install and use good quality locks on all windows and doors. Locks on all exterior doors should have a deadbolt with 1” throws and a reinforced strike plate with 3" screws.
  • Sliding glass doors should be pinned to keep them from getting lifted out of the track and a solid wood stick or pipe laid in the track.
  • Be extra cautious by locking your windows and house when you leave your home, even for a few minutes. Always keep your garage doors locked and closed both at night and during the day.
  • If you go out for the evening, turn on lights and radio or television so the home appears to be occupied. (Timers can also be used on these appliances.) This creates an impression that someone is home.
  • Consider creating a "Safe Room" with a secure door and deadbolt locks. Equip it with a separate telephone line or cell phone.
  • Do not hide extra keys in your yard or outside your home.
  • Verify the identity of visitors BEFORE opening the door. Do not open the door for unexpected or uninvited visitors.
  • Do not leave your schedule or plans on an answering machine message.
  • Ask for photo identification of all repair or service persons.
  • Never give personal information to telephone solicitors. Also, be wary of strangers soliciting for charitable donations. Ask for identification, how donated funds are used, and if donated funds are tax deductible. If you aren't satisfied with the answers, give to another charity.
  • If you are away from home overnight or an extended period of time, have someone care for your deliveries, mail and newspaper. Consider using timers or leaving lights illuminated during your absence.
  • Avoid leaving boxes from purchases (especially TV's, VCR's, computers, etc.) out on the curb for trash pick-up. Mark new items with an identification number and record new serial numbers.
  • Have your walks and driveways shoveled and lawn mowed. A well-manicured lawn can be quite important in emphasizing that you pay close attention to your home.
  • Overgrown or extremely large trees and shrubs can hide burglary activity.
  • Dogs can discourage burglars by barking or keeping them from entering your lawn.
  • When you’re on vacation, you can have a trusted neighbor check your house or visit our Vacation Watch tab for our officers to check your house while you're gone.

If you wish to have a security survey, or organize a Neighborhood Watch, please contact Asst. Chief Almond Turner by email or by phone at 770-385-2143.