Home Crime Prevention
Protecting Yourself, Your Home, and Your Belongings
- When leaving your residence for a long period of time, hide valuables or take them with you.
- Keep bushes and shrubs around the house trimmed. That way, you always have a clear view of the area surrounding your home outside your windows.
- Install deadbolt locks on all outside doors.
- Install motion-sensor lights outside.
Change the locks on all exterior doors. It may be worth the investment to pay for this if your landlord wonât.
- Record serial numbers for all of your important belongings. Print this information and store it somewhere safe.
- Photograph the property and your important belongings.
- Consider registering your property with Notre Dame Security Police.
Register your property with NDSP by calling the Crime Prevention Unit at (574) 235-9037 and asking for more information on âProject Marcâ.
- Keep your bike secured with a U-bolt-type lock. Register your bike with the Notre Dame Security Police.
- Install a security system. Put multiple alarm signs in visible areas.
- Get to know your neighbors.
Preventing Car Break-Ins
Take Out Valuables: Leave them at home, take them with you, or—if you have to—put valuables in your trunk.
Common items stolen: Cameras, laptops, cell phones, stereos, mail, CDs, purses, vehicle registrations, money, jackets, gym bags, luggage, briefcases, and garage door openers
Lock Your Vehicle: Close doors and windows. Why give a person a quick and quiet way to break into your car?
Location: Thieves are looking for vehicles they can enter with the least possibility of someone watching and thereby alerting the police. Ideally, park in your own locked garage. If you can’t, do park in well-lit areas. Make sure the area is clearly visible from your house or apartment. Do not park where others cannot see your vehicles, or in an all-day, unattended parking area.
Consider joining a Neighborhood Watch program.
What to do When You Are Away
- If you will be out after dark, be sure to leave a light on.
- Always lock all doors and windows, and turn on your alarm.
- When you are out, leave a radio or TV on.
Install timers on lights.
- Don’t keep consistent hours, i.e. vary your departure/arrival times.
- When going on long breaks, contact the police. The South Bend Police Department offers a “Home Watch” program where they will drive by the property on a regular basis. Contact the South Bend Police Department Crime Prevention division at (574) 235-9037.
- If you have a good relationship with neighbors, ask them to keep an eye on your apartment or house and to look for anything out of the ordinary while you are gone. Leave a contact number where they can reach you.
Do not leave valuables on the property.
- Contact the appropriate agencies to hold your newspaper & mail.
Newspaper (South Bend Tribune): Hold Newspaper
Mail (U.S. Postal Service): Hold Mail
- Let your landlord know you will be away. Ask if they can keep an eye on the property.
- Consider buying randomized light timers that go off at odd hours, especially at night. It is a great way to give the impression that someone is in the house. These timers are inexpensive, easy to use, and available at any hardware store, Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc.