In order to protect your home and property, the Moline Police Department encourages citizens to follow the tips below:
Walk around your home as though you were a burglar trying to look for ways to get inside. If you find vulnerable spots, take the necessary steps to secure those access points.
ALWAYS lock your doors and windows. Exterior doors should be made from strong wood or metal and should be locked with a deadbolt. Install guards on windows that prevent them from being raised more than a few inches.
Leave a light on (perhaps on a timer) when you go away, even for the evening. You may also leave a television or radio on as well.
Install motion sensor lights outside your home and out of reach so burglars cannot unscrew the light. Also, buy variable light timers to activate lights in your home.
If you live in an apartment building, NEVER prop open the door or let someone in behind you. If the building has a main entryway, make sure that security is enforced at the main door. Report residents who do this to your landlord.
Be vigilant - If you suspect suspicious activity around your home, your neighbors’ homes, or in your neighborhood, please report it to the police immediately by calling 309.797.0401.
Document serial numbers of all electronics and tools and take pictures of all valuables. Keep this in a safe place to provide to the police in the event you are burglarized.