NEWS RELEASE

 

HUNTSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

815 Wheeler Ave.

Huntsville, Alabama  35801

Henry Reyes
Police Chief
(256) 427-7001
Sgt. Mark Roberts
Public Information Officer
(256) 427-7197

                      
 

Huntsville Police Offer Tips to Prevent Home Invasions

 

Huntsville, Alabama (January 26, 2009) The Huntsville Police Department is committed to making our city a safer place to live and we know we canít do it alone. We are working hard to take proactive measures to reduce crime in neighborhoods throughout the city. In keeping with this approach we would like the citizens of Huntsville to take a minute to discuss with their family a personal home safety plan that fits your familiesí needs. To help, the Huntsville Police Department would like to provide the following tips that might help to protect yourself and your family from becoming a home invasion robbery victim.



   To protect yourself from becoming a home invasion robbery victim, try the following:

         Make sure that the exterior of your home is well lit, and that there are not any large trees or brush that block the view of your front door from the street.

         Make sure that all exterior doors and windows are locked and secure.

         If there is a door that leads from your garage directly into the house, make sure that it is locked and secured.

         If you have a burglar alarm, be sure that you have it armed.

         Do not keep large amounts of cash in your home.


In addition, the Huntsville Police Department is offering life-saving tips should you become a victim of a home invasion robbery.
         Stay calm.

         Cooperate. No amount of cash or property is worth getting hurt over.

         Look carefully at the intruders, even if they are masked. Is there something unique about them such as scars, tattoos, eye color, accents, large or small facial features such as nose or ears? Pay attention to what they are wearing, what color is their clothing and any distinguishing writing or brands on shirts, hats, or shoes. Listen to everything they say, and how they say it. Catch any distinguishing odors such as tobacco, alcohol, or aftershave.