Tips and Tricks for Home Safety

Published On May 22, 2019 |

As we move into the summer season we’d like to revisit common safeguards to help secure your home. Officers from the Town of Cicero Police Department have frequented the Cicero Community Watch meetings and has presented various tips and tricks for residents to beef up their awareness and security at and around their home. Including some of these tools and methods can help deter would-be criminals and/or help solve any crimes that may take place in or around your residence. Below are a few tips and tricks as well as possible tools for these efforts.

Neighbors

The number one effective tool is garnishing a close relationship with your fellow neighbors. Get to know each other, exchange contact details and help keep an eye out for suspicious activity both around your property as well as your neighbors. An open line of communication between neighbors and the Cicero Police Department is the best deterrent to keep your neighborhood safe. Please encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to get involved with the Cicero Community Watch meetings to help build these relationships. A full breakdown of meetings can be found at https://www.cicerooutreach.com/cicero-community-watch/

Smart911 App for Smartphones

Available at https://www.smart911.com/ Р With Smart911, you can provide 9-1-1 call takers and first responders critical information you want them to know in any kind of emergency. When you call 9-1-1, your Smart911 Safety Profile displays on the 9-1-1 screen and the 9-1-1 call takers can view your addresses, medical information, home information, description of pets and vehicles, and emergency contacts. You can provide as much or as little information as you like. Smart911 is a national service meaning your Smart911 Safety Profile travels with you and is visible to any participating 9-1-1 center nationwide.

Security Systems / Motion Detector Flood Lights

A major tool to have on your side is a reliable security system. Popular options include multiple cameras for maximum coverage, night vision capabilities, live alerts and live view options using a smartphone. Below you will find some popular options we’ve identified. It’s noted that if you’re unfamiliar with these types of systems that you do a deep dive on any options you are considering on youtube with user submitted reviews. Be aware that some systems you may find for sale may not include some of these features and sometimes lower priced options you may jump to may not include a Hard Drive for storage as some retailers offer them as a bare bones system to save money. It’s encourage to get a complete system right off the bat. The following recommondations are complete systems, often including expandability options to add more cameras later down the line

8 Channel System, includes 4 Cameras, expandable to 8: https://amzn.to/2YH7XwH

8 Channel System, includes 8 Cameras: https://amzn.to/2JWWrJv

8 Channel System, includes 8 Wireless Cameras: https://amzn.to/2M74V3q

Ring Doorbell with live view camera and alerts: https://amzn.to/2M4HibJ

16 Channel System, includes 16 Cameras: https://amzn.to/2M32lf2

Possible accessories:

BNC Connector (used to daisy chain multiple lengths of cabling in case your cables are not long enough and you need to double up): https://amzn.to/30LYPce

4 pack of 100 foot Security Camera Cables (Power + BNC for video signal): https://amzn.to/2M4YU7r

Motion Detector Lights

Option 1: https://amzn.to/30BQfMS

Option 2: https://amzn.to/30CwzIX

Option 3: https://amzn.to/2EpvP0a

Notable Links

Cicero Police Social Media channels:

http://www.twitter.com/TOCpolice

https://www.facebook.com/Cicero-Police-Department-Illinois-276757536338925/

 

Cicero District 99 Schools:

https://www.cicd99.edu/

https://www.cicd99.edu/district-calendar – District 99 Calendar of events

 

District 201 Schools:

https://www.morton201.org

 

Town of Cicero Community Outreach Department

http://www.CiceroOutreach.com

http://www.facebook.com/cicerooutreach

 

Town of Cicero – Official Pages:

http://thetownofcicero.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TownofCicero/

https://twitter.com/townofcicero