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The Village of Royal Palm Beach

Hurricane Preparedness Guide

 How to Safeguard Your Home 
Source: Florida Attorney General’s Office  
  • Do not list your first name in the telephone book. Instead use initials.
  • Make sure your answering machine message does not indicate that you are alone.
  • Have deadbolts installed on all doors. Keep doors and windows locked.
  • Install a peep-hole on your door and look before opening the door.
  • Never open the door to strangers.
  • Keep blinds or drapes closed at night to discourage “Peeping Toms.” Do not hang lingerie outdoors.
  • Verify the identity of any repairmen. Use the telephone number listed in the phone book, not on their identification.
  • If someone comes to your door asking to use the telephone, make the call yourself. Don’t invite them in.
  • Don’t hide a spare key under the door mat or under a flower pot. Thieves know all the good hiding places.
  • Plant thorny bushes under all windows. Invest in motion sensor lights and a good security system.
  • Get a barking dog or “beware of dog” signs.
  • Always double check doors at night and lock all windows.
  • Be sure your garage door can be secured. Do not leave it open when you are away; an empty garage broadcasts your absence.
  • Lock your vehicles at all times. Do not leave your keys in the vehicle.  Remove all valuables from your vehicle. Park off the street and in your driveway.
  • Install motion sensor lights.
  • Report any suspicious activity to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (non-emergency 561-688-3400 or in the case of an emergency 911).
This information has been shared with our Community compliments of: Diane Smith, F.C.P.P., S/M S/M Community Outreach,  P.B.S.O. District 9 – Village of Royal Palm Beach.  [email protected]     (561) 904-8241