A Safer Naper

Burglary Prevention Presentations

The Naperville Police Department is hosting two residential burglary prevention presentations as part of this month’s A Safer Naper campaign. Learn the recommended ways to safeguard your home from burglars and ask questions of Department representatives.

  • Monday, March 19, from 1-2 p.m. at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive
  • Wednesday, March 28, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street

March - Residential Burglary Prevention

Residential burglary is when an individual knowingly and without authority enters or remains in someone’s home with the intent to commit a felony or theft. The Naperville Police Department understands that residential burglary is a serious invasion of residents’ privacy and sense of security, and while no crime can be completely prevented, both our patrol and investigations divisions take decisive and strategic actions to curb this problem and arrest those responsible.

In addition to our efforts, we are calling on residents to take necessary steps to reduce the likelihood of becoming targets. You may have heard the adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That is especially true when it comes to crime prevention – it is far easier to prevent crime than it is to recover from it. Having multiple “layers” of security will make your home a tougher target.

Conduct your own home security survey

Residential Burglary Prevention Tips


  • Keep doors, windows and garage doors locked even when at home. Patrol officers report hundreds of open garage doors each month during the evening hours.
  • Never leave a house key in an obvious place such as in a mailbox or under plants or doormats.
  • Don't tell a stranger that your neighbor is not home or volunteer any personal information about your neighbor.
  • Do not post on any social networking sites that you are going out of town.
  • While traveling, keep your home looking lived-in by having the grass cut, mail and newspapers picked up, and lights turned on and off with timers.
  • Know who belongs in your neighborhood and be alert in protecting not only your home, but your neighbors' as well. Report any suspicious persons, vehicles or activity immediately to 9-1-1.


  • Windows have latches not locks; therefore, install secondary locking devices on all windows.
  • All exterior doors should be solid core or of metal construction.
  • Exterior doors should have deadbolt locks with a 1-inch throw and reinforced strike plates with 2-3 inch screws. Most importantly, use them!
  • A good quality double cylinder deadbolt lock should be used if there is glass with 40 inches of the lock.
  • Install a peephole with at least a 180-degree viewing area.
  • Secure sliding glass doors. A metal or wood rod along the bottom track is advised, as is the installation of vertical bolts along the top track.
  • Secure basement windows with grilles or grates (but make sure they can be opened from the inside in case of fire).


  • Install outside lights and keep them on at night. Pay special attention to entrances, porches and yards.
  • Use inexpensive timers or photo electric cells to automatically turn lights on and off and dusk and dawn.
  • Create the illusion that someone is home by using timers on lights and/or leaving the TV on.
  • Trim shrubbery and trees so doors and windows are visible from the street.
  • Don't let your tree be a ladder. If there is a second floor, prune nearby trees so a thief cannot use them to reach second floor windows.
  • Don't leave ladders or tools outside; they can assist a person in gaining entry.
  • Draw all curtains/shades at night to prevent viewing from the street.


  • Learn how to use your alarm system properly to reduce false alarms. Fees can be assessed for excessive false alarms.
  • Put a warning sign on windows and entrances.
  • Know your pass codes and make sure your call back list is up to date.


  • These doorbells allow you to see who is at your door before you open it.
  • Most are conntected to your mobile device, which means you will know who is at your house even when you’re away.
  • Some have an intercom feature that allows you to communicate with whoever rang the doorbell, from wherever you are.
  • Some have a motion sensor that sends a notification any time there is any kind of motion near your front door. They also have night vision technologies.