Convicted burglars advise homeowners on how to protect themselves from break-ins, theft and robbery | The Independent | The IndependentAs days begin to get dark earlier, we can possibly see an increase in residential burglaries.  The Township of Washington Police Department wants to remind all residents to stay vigilant.  Below please find some tips to deter burglars

  • Don’t announce vacations or trips on social media
  • Put lights on timers, and keep your house lit up at dusk
  • Keep good relationships with neighbors and keep your eye on each others houses
  • Check that all windows and doors are locked before leaving
  • If you have an alarm system, make sure it is activated when you leave the house
  • Don’t leave packages outside of your house for extended periods of time
  • Report anything suspicious


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These are just a few tips to make your house look occupied when you are not home.  We also offer a Residential and Business Security Survey Program to all of our residents which can be found by clicking here.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Township of Washington Police Department.  If you see anything suspicious, please contact us immediately.