THE BEST CRIME STOPPER
ASSESSING YOUR SECURITY LIGHTING NEEDS
Ask yourself these questions to determine
if and where you need security lighting:
LIGHT, according to crime prevention specialists,
police and criminals included, is an easy, inexpensive way to protect against
Is the sidewalk outside your house or apartment
hard to see at night?
Do you feel uneasy entering your house, apartment,
garage or yard at night?
Do tress or shrubs put your entryway or porch
Has property been stolen from your balcony,
garage or yard?
Has your house or apartment been burglarized?
According to Public Service Company, something
as simple as leaving an outside light on at night can keep you from becoming
a victim. Keeping a 60-watt incandescent bulb on all night, every night,
costs less than $1.50 per month. It costs only 52 cents if you use a compact
If you add an inexpensive photocell, you
donít have to turn your porch light on. It automatically goes on at dusk
and off at dawn. Photocell attachments, found in hardware departments,
cost less than $5.00 and attach by simply screwing into the light socket.
An outside light thatís on makes it safer
for people Ė yourself, friends, and family Ė coming to your home. Besides
keeping criminals away, outdoor lighting reveals ice, uneven concrete,
beware of dog signs and other potential hazards that can cause accidents.
HOME BURGLARY PREVENTION
SOURCES YOU CHOOSE TO USE IN AND AROUND YOUR HOME REMEMBER THAT LIGHT IS
THE FIRST STEP AGAINST CRIME.
Buy a timer, plug it into the wall socket and
plug a lamp into it. Set it for the nighttime hours desired.
If possible, use more than one time, especially
for a two-story home.
Schedule the lights to turn on and off for your
usual family patterns.
Multiple timers allow you to have lights go
on and off in the kitchen, family room or bedroom at varying intervals.
There are a variety of timers available, including
replacement wall switches for use when a conventional plug-in lamp is not
available. There are times that adjust to the amount of sunlight throughout
Motion detectors turn on lights when something
moves in a set area. Crime prevention experts suggest using motion detectors
together with a constant light source.
There are four basic types of security
For lighting assistance:
Wall lights are good for entrances, docks and
garage areas. They are generally easy to install on any wall or overhang.
Floodlights provide directional light for security
and safety. They are easy to mount in most locations and provide excellent
lighting for signs, garages and building surfaces.
Post top lights light up walkways, parking lots
and landscaped areas.
Bollard lights offer ground level lighting for
sidewalks, steps and driveways. They stand about three feet off the ground.
Check with your local hardware center or
lighting store for assistance with what will work for your home.
Check with your local community organization.
Some have volunteers and programs to help people in their community who
are unable to complete the installation themselves.
Lighting helps deter
But for it to work,
it must be turned on.
So, to help make yourself,
your loved ones and your property safe,
UPDATE YOUR LIGHTING
AND USE IT CONSISTENTLY!