The Carbondale Police Department offers a House Watch Program designed to be an extra security measure to help reduce a potential burglary while you are away. In addition, the department also offers a Home Security Survey which provides recommendations to reduce the potential for burglaries.
Both of these programs are available to Carbondale residents at no charge.
Burglary Prevention Tips While Away
Consider removing electronic equipment (computers, digital cameras, video game systems, etc.) from your residence
Have someone you trust check your residence
Make arrangements to have your lawn cut or driveway and sidewalk cleared of snow
Make sure all doors and windows are locked and are functioning properly
Put a hold on your mail and newspapers or have someone collect them for you while you are away
Use timers for your lights, television or radio to give the impression that someone is home
Burglary Prevention Tips While at Home
Be alert to persons going from house-to-house, looking in windows or knocking on doors
Beware of burglars posing as solicitors
Don’t advertise recently purchased items or gifts received, put the boxes in your recycling bin or trash container
If someone comes to your door needing assistance, offer to call the police while they wait outside
Keep all entrances to your residence well lit and maintain landscaping to prevent hiding places
Keep doors and windows locked, even if you are at home, will only be gone a short time or are “just going next door”