*Don’t Welcome Burglars By Telephone

Burglars often try to find out if anyone’s home by phoning. If you get several suspicious “wrong number”calls or “nobody at the other end” calls, tell the police.

family members, especially children, not to give out information by phone,  especially about who is home, who is out and how long anyone is expected to be out. If you use an answering machine or voice  mail service, do not indicate on your greeting that you will be gone for a specific time. A more appropriate message should be   “We’re not available right now.”

*Don’t Open Your Door To Anyone Who Has No
Business there

This isn’t just to guard against robbery by force or threat of 
force, sometimes
burglars who have no intention of using force 
will first try to get in under
some pretext so they can scout out 
valuables and study locks, windows and
other means of entry.
Ask repair people and others who claim to have business i
to show positive identification, and keep the door closed while 
your study
the identification through the peephole. If you have 
the slightest doubt, call Public
Safety.  When you do admit a 
worker or a salesperson you were expecting, do not
leave them 
alone at any time.

*Don’t Reward The Burglar Who Does Get In

If, despite your precautions, a burglar does get into your home, 
don’t offer a
“bonus” of cash or easily carried jewelry. Never 
keep large sums of cash around
the house. Keep valuable 
jewelry that you don’t often use in a safe deposit box.

*Make Your Home Look and Sound Occupied.

By day, leave drapes and shades in normal position – the way 
you have them
when at home. Don’t leave easily movable 
valuables in sight close to windows
or in plain view! At night, 
leave on some inner lights – bathrooms and hallways,
example. Consider buying automatic timers that turn lamps on 
after dark, then
off a few hours later or at dawn. These timers 
can turn a radio on, too, your home
sounds occupied.

*Don’t Advertise Your Vacation Plans

Inform one or two people of your vacation plans– a trusted 
neighbor who can keep
an eye on things while you are gone.   
Have your neighbor pick up your newspaper
and other deliveries. 
(Do not inform any delivery people that you will be on vacation.) 

If you are a member of the R.U.O.K. program, please notify 
Public Safety if you will
be away.

*Be A Good Neighbor

Keep an eye on your neighbor’s apartment and get them to do 
the same for you.

*Install Good Locks and Lock Them

When you first moved into your apartment, Riverbay Corporation 
provided you
with bottom lock access. The top lock is for the 
responsibility of the cooperator to
install. Make sure you buy a  
sturdy lock  and install it properly. Always lock up
with both 
locks, even if you’re away from home for only a few minutes.

         Remember a lock is not a lock unless you lock it.

*Change Locks At The Drop Of A Threat

Any licensed locksmith can change the tumblers in your outside 
door locks
quickly and inexpensively. So when you move into a 
townhouse or apartment,
have it done. If you lose a key, change 
the lock tumbler. Don’t be generous in
passing around extra 
keys. One might end up in the hands of someone you don’t

trust. Don’t leave an “emergency” key under the doormat, on top 
of the door-frame,
or in any other “hiding spot” so well known to 
burglars. Keep car keys and house
keys separate. This way your 
house keys are never left in the possession of a stranger when 
you park your car at a garage or parking lot. Never have a name 
or license tag attached to your house keys. If keys are lost or 
stolen, you’ll have an unwelcome
visitor very quickly.