October 5, 2006
Home invasions are a problem nationwide, and there was a spike in Charlottesville several months ago. However, there are some simple things you can do to make your house a little safer.
A Charlottesville police officer toured a single family home in the Fry Springs area and showed some easy ways to make your home more secure.
Charlottesville police officer Harvey Finkel said burglars can use mature plants as hiding places.
He also showed examples of certain kinds of doors, locks and windows, that make it easier for someone to break in.
Real estate agents open up strangers homes everyday, facing threats that could be easily avoided.
Finkel recommends adding more lighting around the house.
Realtors generally let clients walk ahead of them and explore the outdoors and upstairs by themselves.
Of course they always carry a cell phone.