APSO offers tips to prevent home invasions

APSO offers tips to prevent home invasions
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POSTED: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 1:52pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 3:46pm

In light of a recent pattern of home invasions in the Baton Rouge Metro Area, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is offering tips to help residents protect themselves from a break in.

Sheriff Jeff Wiley says that home invasions typically happen at night and on weekends, when homes are more likely to be occupied.

That is because invaders rely on people to turn off their alarms when they are at home.

The Sheriff recommends that you arm your security system even when you are home.

Here are a list of tips you can use to protect you and your family against home invaders:

• Install solid core doors, heavy duty locks, and window security devices
• Lock all doors, windows, and garages at all times
• Use the door peephole BEFORE opening the door
• Use your porch light to help you to see clearly outside
• Never rely on a chain-latch as a barrier to partially open the door
• Never open the door to strangers or solicitors
• Call the police if the stranger acts suspicious
• Alert your neighbors to suspicious activity
• Hold a family meeting to discuss home security plans
• Set the home perimeter alarm at night, if you have one

Sheriff Wiley also says if you ever feel threatened in your home, immediately call 911.

If you think protecting your home is not enough, the Baton Rouge Police Department regularly offers women’s self-defense classes, free of charge.

The next set of Equalizer Women’s Self-Defense classes are scheduled in February:

Session 1
Monday, February 17th or Tuesday, February 18th

Session 2
Wednesday, February 19th

Session 3
Monday, February 24th

Session 4
Wednesday, February 26th

The clases are free of charge but are only open to women over the age of 13. BRPD recomends that woment taking the classes should wear comfortable clothing suitable for physical activity.

BRPD says the course covers: facts about violence against women, reducing the risk of becoming a victim, defensive striking, common grab defenses, head-lock defenses, bear hug defenses, striking and knife defense and group escapes.

Participants must attend all 4 sessions to be certified. Each session is from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Class size is limited so participants are recommended to register early, by calling the Baton Rouge Police Department Training Academy at 225-389-3886.

Classes are held at the Baton Rouge Police Department Training Academy,  9050 Airline Hwy (in the building behind the parking garage).

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