EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  As the holiday season begins next week, TAPintoEastBrunswick is sharing some tips for home safety as provided by the East Brunswick Police Department.  Home owners are asked to be alert to the various points of entry to a residence, especially when they are out of town.

Every year there are over five million home burglaries in the United States which account for 21% of property crimes. On average, one burglary results in a financial loss of $1,725. You can greatly reduce the risk of being burglarized by taking simple steps to make your home more difficult to enter and less enticing to potential burglars.

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• Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
• Lock all outside doors and windows and before you leave the house or go to bed.
• If you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is functioning properly and activated whenever you leave the house or go to bed.
• Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
• Keep your garage door closed and locked.
• Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
• Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
• Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
• Push-button locks are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
• Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.
• Windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.

If you do see a suspicious person or action, in your community call the police via our non-emergency number at 732-390-6900, or call 911 if the situation requires emergency response. For additional tips on burglary prevention, please visit www.eastbrunswick.org/Burglary-Tips.