Burglary Prevention


Burglary Prevention


Burglary has become one of the major crimes in our nation. Every 15 seconds, a home is burglarized.  It is virtually impossible to make any home 100% burglar proof, but the more you can do to make it difficult for a burglar to gain entry into your house, and make your residence appear to be well-guarded, the more you encourage a potential burglar to find an easier “mark.” The location of your home, whether you own or rent, and its floor plan will have a bearing o the extent of which you can implement safety and security measure which could deter a burglar from selecting your home as his next target.

Before considering all the possible precautions against burglary, scrutinize your own situation.  In many cases it might not be necessary or cost-effective to install elaborate security measures. Some of the considerations are:

·         how isolated from view your home is;


·         the worth of possession you keep in your home;


·         the rate of burglaries in your neighborhood; your own peace of mind.

The following are recommendations for safeguarding your home against burglary.  When implementing any of these precautions, be sure they would not hinder your timely rescue of escape in the event of an emergency, such as a fire.  These ideas are meant to help you strengthen your home security against common break-ins.  They will not guarantee 100% protection, but can help make your home into a castle.

LOCKS: secure doors with a good quality single or double-cylinder lock.  Features of a good deadbolt are:

·         Minimum 1” bolt throw.


·         Hardened steel insert in bolt.


·         Tapered or free-turning cylinder guards to resist attempts to twist or wrench the lock from the door.


·         Strike plates should be attached to wood door frame with not less than two 2 ½”-3” wood screws.  Strike plates, when attached to metal, should be attached with not less than two No. 8 machine screws.  Be sure to use screws of sufficient length to reach the wood studding beyond the door frame.

If glass is within 40” of locking hardware, a double-cylinder deadbolt lock may be considered for maximum security. *See Warning.

DOOR VIEWER: install a wide-angle door viewer of not less than 190 degrees.

HINGES: To protect the door from being lifted from its hinges by pulling the hinge pin, follow these simple steps.

·         Insert a framing (2-headed) nail into the doorjamb 1” below the top hinge and 1” above the bottom hinge.  The second head will protrude about ½”.

·         Drill a hole about ½” deep into the inner side of the door to accommodate the nail when the door is closed.

KICKPANEL: If the door has a kick panel, it may be kicked in, enabling he burglar to reach in and unlatch the lock.  To alleviate this problem, replace with a solid core door or cover the panel with a grillwork or ½” plywood or heavy-gauge, impact-resistant plastic, such as Plexiglas. Fasten the plywood grillwork, or Plexiglas to the door with the carriage bolts or other types of bolts or screws that cannot be removed from the exterior of the door.  If the door has a window, protect with grillwork or Plexiglas.

HOLLOW CORE DOORS: Replace hollow core doors with solid core doors or face the hollow door with ½” plywood.  Fasten the carriage bolts.

SLIDING DOOR: The sliding door can be lifted from its track. To prevent this with the door in the full open position, insert a 2 ft. length of wood framing in the upper channel of the door frame.  The wood must be the width of the channel.  Screw the wood firmly into the frame channel, making sure the door will still slide freely.  An alternative method is to drill four staggered holes in the upper channel of the door frame.  Install sheet metal screws, letting them protrude just enough so the door can slide freely.  Note: Use the first method if door has a hollow channel on top.  Also consider a keyed sliding door lock that locks on the inside of the frame.

SLIDING WINDOWS: The sliding window can also be lifted out of its track.  Drill holes, putting sheet metal screws in the upper channel across the top.  Screw heads must be large enough so they do not drop down into the channel.  An alternative method is to slide a wooden dowel in the upper channel of the window to prevent the window from being lifted out, but still allowing it to slide.  Also, add an anti-slide device, screw-on, slide bolt, or key lock.

DOUBLE-HUNG WINDOWS: To properly secure double-hung windows, drill a downward sloping hole into the top of the bottom window (each corner) through, and into, the bottom of the top window and insert a pin or carriage bolt which can be easily removed by hand. Another consideration would be to replace existing thumb latch with a keyed locking device. *See Warning.

LOUVERED WINDOWS are poor security risks. Remove and replace with solid glass, or another type of ventilating window, or put epoxy glue on the ends of the glass to permanently attach the panes to the frame to prevent easy removal. If these methods are not feasible, protect the window with a grate or grill.

SLIDE BOLTS AND PADLOCKS are recommended for both exterior sides of the garage door.  Because of the amount of flex in the door, one slide bolt and padlock is not sufficient.  Be sure that the slide bolts are of case-hardened metal.  When installed, carriage bolts should be inserted from the outside to prevent removal.  If it is convenient to lock the garage door from the inside, another method of securing the door is a drill a hole through the bottom frame at both ends of the door and into the concrete at least three inches.  Then insert a can bolt or ½” heavy bolt through the frame and into the floor.  Roll-up garage doors can be secured by drilling a hole in the middle of the track behind the last roller and inserting a padlock on each side.  If the door is secured with an automatic door opener, also use inside cane or slide bolts for added security when away for extended periods.

LIGHTING: One key to burglary prevention is adequate interior and exterior lighting.  For the interior of the home, timers on the lights are recommended.  For the exterior, each outside doorway should be lighted with a minimum of a 60 watt light over the entrances.  For homes with wide or deep yards or parking areas, a high-pressure sodium security light with a light senor (photo-electric cell) may be considered.

EXTERIOR ELECTRICAL BOXES: Place a padlock on exterior electrical boxes to prevent someone from turning off the power to the residence.  Note:  Keep the key readily available in case of emergency.

GATES should be equipped with a hasp, latch, or slide bolt made of hardened metal. The hasp, latch, or slide bolt must be installed with carriage bolts through the door or gate.  Use large washers on the inside.  After the nuts are secured, deface the threads of the bolt ends to keep the nuts from being removed.  Use a good padlock to secure the door or gate.

ALL PADLOCKS should be of case-hardened metal construction and have both heel and toe locking features with a minimum 9/32” shackle.  (Naturally, heavier shackles offer additional security.)

SHRUBBERY provides concealment for burglars.  Always keep it trimmed, away from doors, windows, and yard lighting.

PROPERTY IDENTIFICATION: It is recommended that you engrave your Driver’s License number in an obvious place on your valuable property. (Example: CA K0123456)  This enables the police to identify your property.  In addition, it acts as a deterrent to a burglar, as most burglars do not like to take engraved items.  If you own property that cannot be engraved you should photograph each item individually.  On the back of each photograph write a description, the date of purchase and the serial number.  It is strongly recommended that you keep an inventory list of all your property, listing serial numbers, when applicable.

SMOKE DETECTORS should be used in all homes and apartments for early warning of fire to allow for escape.

*WARNING:  One window in every bedroom on the ground and second floor should be left available as a fire exit, particularly to children and guests in your home.  At night, the bedroom windows may often be the fastest and most safe means of getting out.  Always leave the key in the double cylinder lock when asleep or at home for quick exit in case of emergency.


Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is abuse committed against an adult or fully emancipated minor who is a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, or a person with who the suspect has had a child or has had a dating or engagement relationship according to California law.




…Intentionally or recklessly causing, or attempting to cause, bodily injury or placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent serious bodily injury to himself or another.


Simply stated, it is a crime for any person to threaten, beat, sexually assault, or otherwise harm another person even if they are not married.


***Phase One***



During this phase the victim senses his/her mate’s increasing tension.  He/she is “edge” and lashes out in anger saying their mate is incompetent and unconcerned about their welfare.  As the tension in the relationship increases, minor episodes of violence increase, such as pinching, slapping, or shoving.


***Phase Two***



The tension-building phase ends in an explosion of violence.  The victim may or may not fight back.  Following the battering, he/she is in a state of physical and psychological shock.


***Phase Three***



During the last phase of the domestic violence cycle, both parties have a sense of relief that “it’s over”.  The aggressor is often genuinely sorry for what has happened and is fearful that their partner will leave.  He/she apologizes and may “shower” their partner with love and praise that helps them repair their shattered self-esteem.  The aggressor tells their mate they can’t live without them.


Once violence has begun, research has shown it continues to increase in both frequency and severity.  Understanding the psychological consequences of the violent relationship can help the victim take power and choose constructive life alternates, as well as aid those who intervene to help him/her.




***  Call the police of sheriff.

***  Make sure you are safe from another beating.  Whenever you believe you are in danger, leave your home and take your children with you.  Also take important papers such as your birth certificate, vehicle registration, credit cards, checkbooks, etc.


***  Seek assistance.  You may ask the district attorney to file a criminal complaint.  You may need to talk to a professional about your situation.  Contract your local battered women’s shelter, women’s support group, or victim’s assistance center.


***  Save all the evidence (proof) you can.  (You may even want to take photographs of yourself.)  Whether or not you file charges now, you may later change your mind and then will need proof that you have been assaulted.


*** You have the right to go to the superior court and file a petition requesting various orders of relief, such as:


-          An order restraining the attacker from abusing the victim and other family members.

-          An order directing the attacker to leave the household.


-          An order preventing the attacker from entering the residence, school, business, or place of employment of the victim.

-          An order awarding the victim or the other parent custody of or visitation with a minor child or children.

-          An order restraining the attacker from molesting or interfering with minor children in the custody of the victim.

-          An order directing the party not granted custody to pay support of minor children, if that part has a legal obligation to do so.

-          An order directing the defendant to make specified debit payments coming due while the order is in effect.

-          An order directing that either or both parties participate in counseling.


***  You have the right to file a civil suit for losses suffered as a result of abuse.


***  For information about the California Victims’ compensation program, you may call 1-800-777-9929.




Everyone has the right to be safe from threats and beatings, but you must take that first step.


Once you recognize that it isn’t your fault, and it is possible to change your situation, seek the help you need to correct your situation.




Sexual assault is a crime of violence, a hostile attack, an attempt to hurt and humiliate.  Sex is used as a weapon.  It is a planned act in most cases.  Sexual assault is a crime, whether the suspect is your riend, neighbor, boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, or relative.


What to Do If You Become a Victim of Sexual Assault


1.       Escape if possible and get to a safe place.  Report the incident to the Police immediately.

2.       Do Not take a shower or douche.

3.       Inform the police of all details of the attack, however intimate, and anything unusual you may have noted about the attacker.  Be sure to tell him/her of any injuries received, so they may be photographed.

4.       Be prepared to provide the Police Officer the clothing you were wearing during the attack and the bedding.



1.       House of Ruth Hotline

P.O. Box 459

Claremont, CA  91711

(909) 988-5599 (24 hours)


2.       YWCA Wings

P.O. Box 1464

West Covina, CA  91793

(626) 967-0658 (24 Hours)


3.       Project Sister (HOT LINE)

(909) 626-4357 (24 Hours)

Rape outreach, child abuse, incent, sexual assault crisis and prevention


4.       Victim/Witness Assistance Program

8303 Have Avenue, Fourth Floor

Rancho Cucamonga, CA  91730

Provides aid to victims of crimes


5.       West End Family Couseling Services

855 North Euclid Ave.

Ontario, CA  91761

(909) 983-2020










Crime Prevention Tips from:

The community Relations Unit

Upland Police Department

1499 W. 13th Street

Upland, CA  91786

(909) 946-7624


Emergencies Call


Home and Personal Protection

Home and Personal Safety Tips


Police Officers frequently get asked many questions about home and personal safety and protection tips. The UPOA hopes that the following topics will help to answer most, if not all, of the questions you may have.


If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Upland Police Department at (909) 946-7624.



Personal Protection:


1. Acquaintance Rape

2. Carjacking

3. Child Safety

4. Personal Safety

5. Rape/Sex Assault

6. Robbery Prevention

7. Too Afraid to Tell

8. What to do if you are stopped by the police


Home Protection:


1. Interior Precaution

2. Neighborhood Watch

3. Protection While Away From Home

4. Vacation Safety




1. Special Occasions