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From the National Crime Prevention Council and AlertID:

Once spring has sprung people begin to clean, remodel, and repair their homes after another year of wear and tear. Making home improvements is a sound investment and an invaluable way to protect your loved ones. The National Crime Prevention Council and AlertID encourage residents to consider safety measures that will protect their homes and reduce the incidence of crime.
         
Homeowners and renters can make their homes safer by design by following the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). CPTED is an approach that calls for community members and officials to create a climate of safety in a community right from the start, by designing a physical environment that positively influences human behavior.  Its four key principals are meant to improve the safety and security of your home. These principles are:

* Access control – Make sure your home has proper locks and windows, and always use them. If possible, install an alarm system for added security.  Burglars look for easy access, so lock windows, doors—and crime—out of your home.

* Surveillance – Well-lighted homes make burglars nervous.  Light up outside entrances—front, back, side, basement, and garage.  If possible, install motion detector lights to warn off anyone sneaking around at night.

* Territorial Reinforcement – Keep your placed looking lived in.  Set random timers to make it look like you are always home, even when you are not.  Schedule routine maintenance and improvements to keep your home a fortress of safety and protection for your family.

* Maintenance – Trimming bushes and trees will remove a burglar's favorite hiding place. Mowing grass and tending to landscaping will give your house a lived-in look.  During home improvements, remove ladders from the house at the end of each day and store your building materials securely out of sight.

In addition to the tips above, AlertID protects your family and your neighborhood while helping to reduce crime.  AlertID's free service (online and mobile app) informs you of the dangers in your neighborhood and allows you to communicate with neighbors. 

* Become aware of your surroundings – Register for FREE at AlertID.com, enter your address and see an easy-to-read map showing sex offenders living or working in the vicinity (as well as receive alerts when new offenders move to the area). View local crime information in many major cities and also receive alerts for severe weather, earthquake, fire, hazmat and much more.

* Share important information with neighbors - If you see something that is suspicious in your neighborhood, report to local law enforcement and share updates with your neighbors on AlertID.  Members may send an alert or photo to their neighbors, law enforcement or even the Department of Homeland Security.

From the National Crime Prevention Council and AlertID

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