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Change Your Peephole, More DIY Tips From Roscoe Village Neighborhood Watch

By Patty Wetli | February 28, 2017 9:19am
 The Roscoe Village Neighborhood Watch will meet Wednesday to talk neighborhood safety.
The Roscoe Village Neighborhood Watch will meet Wednesday to talk neighborhood safety.
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ROSCOE VILLAGE — Does your peephole provide a wide enough view of your home's entry? Do you have an inventory of your valuables in the event your home is burglarized?

The Roscoe Village Neighborhood Watch shared a number of DIY home security projects with residents in advance of the group's meeting on Wednesday.

Among the tips:

• Inspect your peephole to make sure it offers a wide enough view of someone standing on your front porch or entryway. If you decide to swap out your existing peephole, make sure the new one has an anti-reverse viewing feature that keeps people from peering inside.

• Make an inventory of your valuables, including serial numbers, receipts and photographs. In the event of a burglary, this list will help identify which items are missing for police and insurers.

• Consider upgrading to keyless door entry.

• Check the sturdiness of your front door. Can it be kicked in easily? If so, think about replacing it.

The neighborhood watch group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Audubon Elementary School, 3500 N. Hoyne Ave.

Guest speakers are set to include the neighborhood's new District Police Commander Marc Buslik, as well as Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd). The agenda also includes a demonstration of the SeeClickFix app, which is used to report issues like graffiti to 311.

In advance of the meeting, organizers have created a survey to help direct the event's discussion. Click here to provide your responses.