Flossmoor Police Chief Michael Pulec (from left), H-F Area League of Women Voters program co-chair Maureen McSherry and Homewood Police Chief Larry Burnson visit at the league's November meeting. | Supplied photo
Updated: January 23, 2014 6:02AM
The Homewood-Flossmoor Area League of Women Voters recently hosted Homewood Police Chief Larry Burnson and Flossmoor Police Chief Michael Pulec at the Homewood Library. Burnson and Pulec shared tips about personal and home safety.
They advised residents to never leave valuables in a car and to always lock their cars. They recommended leaving outdoor lights on all night so patrol officers can easily see the surroundings; suggested using timers inside the house, varying the on and off times for lights, and using a home alarm system.
Both police departments will do a “security check” of a resident’s home upon request and point out possible vulnerable areas.
Attendees were advised about “ruse burglaries,” in which teams of thieves often prey on the elderly. One member of the team will ask a resident to look at potential problems outside the house while the other member burglarizes the home.
The chiefs recommended calling the police to find out whether an individual claiming to represent a company is legitimate.
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