Police provide tips to help proactively protect your home from criminals

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INDIANAPOLIS – IMPD reminds homeowners it is never too late to check your house to make sure it is not attractive to criminals.

Last year IMPD investigated several disturbing home burglary and robbery crimes.

“I think last year because we had two very high-profile very violent and very disturbing crimes of residential robbery and residential burglary that made us aware more that these are occurring,” IMPD Lt. Christopher Bailey said.

Lt. Bailey said they have not seen an increase in these types of crimes year to year, but he stresses homeowners should do everything they can to try to guarantee they are not an easy target.

“For the most part you’re safe in your home, but there are things you can do to protect yourself,” Lt. Bailey said.

It includes upgrading your locks, having good lighting around your home, knowing your neighbors and if you see anything suspicious contact authorities.

“Unfortunately most people buy (an) alarm after they’ve been hit instead of before,” Nelson Alarm Company President Bill Nelson said.

On Friday, Nelson’s employees installed burglary, fire, and panic alarm systems to a home that was broken into. The homeowner wanted to protect his family and that is why he contacted the company.

Nelson said he has noticed more people becoming proactive.

“After you’ve had a home invasion… one of your first purchases is an alarm system with panic buttons,” Nelson said.

He said it is always better to be proactive instead of reactive.

“I think it was about a year or so ago we had a couple of bad ones on the northeast side that made a lot of press and had a lot of people scared. My company had over 300 phone calls for additions to existing alarms and people we had given quotes to that had not accepted the proposal yet were calling to say I want to go ahead and buy now,” Nelson said.

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