High Point Police offer home security assessments
Triad Police Services offers home security assessments to help residents keep criminals out and protect their families.
HIGH POINT, NC — Triad Police Services works to make communities safer by educating residents on how to better protect their homes.
High Point Police have offered their Home Security Investigative Program for five years. Despite some inquiries about the program, the police department remains ready and willing to visit any home and do an assessment on how to make it safer.
“We’re going to come to your house and do a survey of your home and give you a few different ideas for safety and security for your home,” High Point Police Lt. Derek Bostic said. “We walk front and back. look at the windows, give you an idea of the lighting, motion lights, shrubbery, whether it needs to be cut or not, things you need to be aware of .”
Lieutenant Bostic said the investigation is free and quick. All of this to help limit burglaries and break-ins.
High Point Police said in 2019 there were 457 burglaries. In 2020, this number fell to 343, and in 2021, the number fell back to 320. So far in 2022, this number is 49.
Lt. Bostic said he was encouraging more homeowners to use the service as more people move out of their homes since the pandemic began.
“People are going back to work and the numbers are starting to go up when it comes to B and E, so it’s something to think about and something to prepare for,” he said.
Lt. Bostic said the goal was to make it difficult for criminals to gain access to your home. which can be a deterrent in itself.
“If someone wants to get into your house and you’re not there, they’re probably going to find a way into your house. The goal is to make it hard not to get into your house quickly. If they have to work to get into your house, that will more than likely deter them from coming into your house,” he said.
The Greensboro Police Department offers a similar service. If you live within the city limits, Greensboro police said they will visit your home or business to provide a free safety assessment. Officers will check your doors, windows, landscaping and give you recommendations to improve the security of your home or business.
The WSPD website says officers will respond when you call their crime prevention office at 336-773-7835. Officers will walk through the property with those who live there to examine lighting, door and window security and alarm systems.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office participates in a national crime prevention program called The neighborhood is watching.
As part of the program, members of the Community Outreach Unit offer residential burglary prevention tips, including information on how to make homes safer and more secure.
The sheriff’s office offers safety assessments of churches and schools. The Certified Personnel Security Assessment Specialist performs a security assessment for an organization averaging $5,000 to $20,000.
Individuals may contact the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Unit at [email protected] for more information about the Neighborhood Watch program and safety assessments.