UNION, NJ – At Tuesday’s Township Committee meeting, Township Committeewoman Michele Delisfort, along with Union High School student Alondra Burbano, outlined ways to minimize the risk of home burglaries.

“You may have heard about the three homes that were burglarized earlier this month,” said Burbano with Committeewoman Delisfort.  Burbano said while the police department continues to investigate, there are ways to make your home more secure.

  • Lock all doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed, even if it’s for a short time.
  • Leave lights on when you go out.
  • If you’re going to be away for any 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.
  • Do not allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers to pile up while you are away.  Arrange for the post office to hold your mail or arrange for a friend or neighbor to pick it up regularly.
  • Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you’re going away for an extended time.
  • Check locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
  • Push-button locks on door knobs are easy for burglars to open.  Install deadbolt locks on outside doors.
  • Sliding glass doors are vulnerable.  Special locks are available for better security.