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Security Tips
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011

Mason’s a great little town. Over the past six years that my wife Eva and I have lived here, we’ve made life-long friendships, and have actively worked with folks whose one goal is to make Mason a better place. When time permits, I enjoy getting involved. In another life, I was a cop and although I’m retired, I’m still accused of thinking like a cop. In my defense though, having been in law enforcement half my life – 33 years – it’s hard to think otherwise. Over the last five years of my career I became a crime prevention specialist giving talks on home and personal security to social organizations in and around the San Antonio area. Of late, needless to say, it’s got me thinking about my new hometown. Like I said, Mason is a great little town, but like any place where there is more than just a few people, there’s potential for crime. And, it’s out there, like it or not.The purpose of this series of articles is to arm you with suggestions that might well reduce the chances that you might end up a victim.Remember that the first line of defense is always the one you establish. Our sheriff’s department can help but, in most cases, they’ll arrive after most crimes have been committed. The tips that I’ll offer ain’t rocket science. More than anything they’ll be reminders – things you probably already know. Over the course of this column, I’ll make simple and, for the most part, cost-effective suggestions on how to better secure your home from break-ins, as well as some personal security when shopping or going to the “big” city. My aim with the tips I suggest are ways to slow the criminal down maybe long enough for law enforcement to arrive or better yet, make things difficult enough so that they move on. Home Security is an area that most of get a little lax about, especially in small towns where most folks know each other and wouldn’t think that anyone would steal from them. I noticed that on the sheriff’s activity report last month that there were three burglaries (breaking & entering businesses or households) here in Mason - not many as most towns go but still, it could have been your house. “Hardening” a home, that is, making it more difficult and time-consuming for a thief, can be a relatively simple task.For instance, here’s one easy and inexpensive way to secure your home’s sash windows by using… The “pin” trick”Drill an angled hole through the top frame of the lower window partially into the frame of the upper window. Then insert a nail or eyebolt. The window can’t be opened until you remove the nail. Make a second set of holes with the windows partly opened so you can have ventilation without intruders.Thanks for the read. More to come…

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