How to prevent burglars from breaking into your home

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - The Mob Museum and Las Vegas police are working together to teach locals how to burglar-proof their home.

About 30 people who attended the community safety forum with Sunday learned how to prevent break-ins.

Police say to check your deadbolts and install longer screws to prevent door kicks.

"Make sure you have those screws in and a security door for a layer of protection," said one officer during a presentation.

You should also secure the emergency pull in your garage door. Criminals can fish through the crack in the top of the door, grab it and open the garage.

"They can look this stuff on YouTube and it would show them exactly how to do it," the officer added.

To keep the emergency pull secure, police say you should roll it up in a rubber band or zip tie.

Also, you should secure your sliding glass doors and windows. They're an easy target and the manufacturer's locks aren't enough.

"They have a little metal rod at the bottom so that it can't be opened. It's going to make it harder for anybody to make jimmy it open," said the officer.

If you have home security, put up the sign that says so. And consider displaying beware of dogs signs even if you don't have any.

Homeowner Carmen Williams says, "I have my security sign up but I'm going to get my dog sign as well."

And as always, it is easier to prevent crime if the entire neighborhood works together.

Mark Curtis shares, "I get to know my neighbors and especially the ones that watch you know, that know what's going on."

More crime prevention tips here.

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