Whether your home is safe?
do you feel when you return home and find your house
burgled? You feel outraged, violated and vulnerable.
You feel that there is no safety and curse the
system. You complain to the police and if there is
no detection, you feel cynic and frustrated.
It is a common thing that some time entire family
has to go out after locking the house. So when you
are out the fear of burglary is always lurking in
your mind. Now the question is whether burglary can
is a non-confrontational crime. The burglars enter
in the house when no body is there. But this crime
makes us totally insecure and unsafe.
How to prevent burglary?
order to prevent burglary it is important to
understand who commits this crime? When it happens?
Why it happens?
Burglaries are committed generally by the young
males looking for things, which are small,
expensive, and can easily be converted into ready
cash. Jewellery, camera, VCR, television, radio,
cash, watches, guns, small electronic items are high
on the burglarís list. Most of the burglary takes
place in the houses where inmates are absent
temporarily. It may happen during the daytime as
well as during the nighttimes. In cities where both
the spouses are working and children go to school
are in the high risk of burglary.
It is often found that before committing the
burglary the burglar selects a house that is
unoccupied with easiest access, the greatest amount
of cover, with best possible escape routes.
What you have to do is to make your house so
difficult for the potential burglars so that the
burglar cannot imagine entering in your house.
So follow the following tips to prevent house
Keep your doors locked and windows covered even in
Properly check whether the doors and windows of your
house are closed and locked when you are going out.
Fix grills on windows and glass panelled doors.
Keep side doors pad locked and main door bolted.
Use slam-shut locks instead of pad locks.
Install magic eye and safety chains on doors. Look
through the magic eye and ensure the door chain is
secure, before opening the door to a stranger.
Leave a light burning when you go out of town.
Inform your neighbors about your absence from your
home for a long or short period.
Insure all valuable properties like VCR, TV etc.
Mark valuables with an identification number like
your Ration Card, Passport or Driving license
Provide lights on the exit points of your house.
Install an alarm system and learn how to use it.
Monitor your alarm system and arrange for guard
Stow away ladders and tools.
Make your home appear lived in.
Don't keep huge amount of cash and ornaments in the
Use Bank lockers.
Don't keep the keys of the receptacles in which the
valuables are kept in the keyhole or nearby places.
Don't sleep near an open window during the night. A
burglar could snatch the ornaments from you.
Keep your bedroom locked from inside.
Don't disturb the scene, if you notice theft in your
house, wait for the arrival of police otherwise it
will lead to tampering of evidence like
fingerprints, footprints etc.
Don't allow any stranger to enter your house, when
you are alone without finding out his identity.
Beware of persons coming to your house under the
pretext of repairing/selling things, conducting
meter readings etc.
Don't wear heavy ornaments while travelling alone.
Don't open your bag-containing valuable like cash
and ornaments, while travelling in public places.
Don't go alone with cash and Jewellery during the
Do not record a message on answering machine telling
people you are on holiday or away.
Steps For Personal Safety :
How to Prevent Bag Snatching While Travelling?
Carry your purse close to your body and slightly to
Your purse should be closed and fastened at all
times. Do not leave it on a counter.
Do not carry your keys, cheque book or credit-cards
in your bag. Carry them in a jacket or other pocket
on your person.
Do not carry more money than necessary.
If someone attempts to take your bag, give it up
rather than risk personal injury.
Of Unverified Servants in Your House :
Get your domestic help's antecedents verified.
Give his/her photograph as well as address to the
nearest Police Station for verification.
Get his/her background verified from previous
Avoid giving access to his relatives and friends.
Avoid displaying Jewellery and valuables in the
Prevent Vehicle Theft :
Donít keep vehicles in your house compound without
Two wheelers should be kept in the safe places after
tying with a chain and lock.
When you park your vehicle in the parking area, ask
somebody to keep an eye over it.
Never leave the vehicle door unlocked. Nor the
windows partially open. Make sure that quarter
glasses are properly secured.
Never leave the key dangling in the ignition.
Double-check all doors (including the boot) to
ensure that they are properly secured.
Each registration number of your car on the rear &
front window screens and windowpanes.
Do not leave valuables in your car even if it is
Cut down on extra fittings, as these tempt
Install a car alarm.
Never leave important documents in the glove box or
Never identify your key ring with your name.
Do not offer a lift to anyone you do not know.
If someone needs assistance, stop some distance away
and communicate through locked doors and partially
opened window. Always stay in the car with the
engine running. Tell them you will send help.
In case of theft, immediately inform nearest police
station, dial 100
Bomb Blast Precautions:
are requested that information regarding any
suspicious activities, abandoned vehicles, articles,
and other objects be promptly communicated to the
police at the nearest police station or on telephone
No. 100. The police also be informed of any
strangers who may have come to stay in your
neighborhood and whose activities appear suspicious.
Information given by citizens regarding any
suspicious persons and their activities will be kept
police will continue to organize nakabandis, combing
and search operations and therefore citizens are
requested to cooperate and bear with inconvenience,
Citizens may please note the following precautions:
Stay calm and do not get panicky.
2. Discourage rumor mongering.
3. Do not touch any unidentified object. Explosive
could be concealed in anything like toys,
transistors, lunch boxes.
4. Do not accept any parcel from strangers.
5. Sensitize your all family members, especially
6. Ensure that you roll up all windows and quarter
glasses of the vehicle and lock up the vehicle every
time you park it. Bonnet and dickey should also be
7. Before opening a car door, driver make sure that
its dickey, bonnet, doors have not tempered with. If
there is any suspicion, help of local police should
8. Pass on information about the abandoned vehicles,
articles etc. promptly to the police at the nearest
police station or on phone number 100.
For Residential Areas:
Hire qualified / experienced chowkidars only.
Check the antecedents / credentials of chowkidars
and domestic servants before hiring them. Insist on
references from their previous employers. Furnish
their full particulars to your police station in the
format suggested by them.
Always employ different chowkidars for day and night
Secretaries of the Societies should be advised to
brief all the security men/ chowkidars/ lift men
about various aspects of security. some of them are;
1. To make enquiry if a taxi or autorikshaw is seen
parked inside the compound or outside the
building for a long time.
2. To make enquiry with the people bringing in or
taking out heavy parcels, suitcases, etc.
3. Inform Police in case they find any vehicle
parked inside the building (if ownership is not
known) for a long time.
4. The secretary of the society should be advised to
brief all the residents on the following:
5. That whenever they employ any new servant, police
station should be informed. His photographs,
fingerprints and other details must be obtained.
6. Whenever any family plans to go out of the city
for a long time, they should inform Police (beat
officers), so that special watch can be kept.
7. They should be advised to install a door with
iron bars inside the flat, superior quality night
latches and special eye lens on the main door, so
that the door is opened only after identifying the
visitors. Ideally, interaction with strangers and
vendors should be through the grilled door. Also
install a high wattage light source with pilfer
proof cover outside the main door.
8. They should not keep huge cash, valuable
ornaments etc., in the house but may use bank
9. They should avoid discussing money transactions
and other important family matters in the presence
of servants/ outsiders.
10. They should not humiliate the servants on petty
matters. Nor should they penalise them for small
11. It is important to inform the Police about any
suspicious happening or unclaimed object found in
suspicious circumstances. Extend full cooperation to
12. A special register should be maintained at
every society and kept in the custody of the
chowkidars or in the society's office. Whenever
Police officers visit the area, they should make an
entry in such registers
Prevent Noise Pollution :
loudspeakers without valid permission or in
contravention of conditions contained in the
permission is prohibited.
Contravention is punishable with imprisonment for
six months or fine Rs. 1000/- or both under the
Control of Noise Act.
appeal to the public to prevent Noise Pollution in
Complaints against misuse of loudspeakers be made
Police Control Room/ Concerned Police Stations.
How To Protect Your Self and Help To Keep Your Home
Carry a bag that makes you a target. A bag that
dangles from the shoulder can be easily yanked off
your shoulder by someone coming up from behind.
Carry your bag in such a manner that you can let it
go if you have to. Many women have been injured
because their own bags acted as handcuffs as a purse
snatcher yanked it away.
Be aware of your surroundings and carry your bag
close to your body, tucked in the bend of your
Minimize the amount of money and credit cards that
you carry with you on a daily basis. Divide your
money between pockets and bags.
You are the victim of a purse snatch, do not fight
to hold onto your bag, especially if there is a
AT HOME YOU SHOULD: