Check your door and door frame. Should they be repaired or
replaced? All exterior doors should be either metal or solid
core wood (1 3/4" thick). Glass or thin wood panels, in or near the
door, can be protected by installing polycarbonate glazing secured with one-way
Use a dead bolt lock with a one-inch bolt throw or a
heavy duty drop bolt lock.
Install a pick resistant cylinder.
Use a licensed locksmith.
Additional locks should be installed 12"-18" above
or below the doorknob. Consider children, the elderly, and/or the
disabled before installing a lock too high.
Do not use
a double cylinder lock. This is a lock that has a key on both sides (as
illustrated below). The installation of this lock in a multiple dwelling
is prohibited according to the N.Y.C. Building Code, and it can be
deadly if a fire should break out.
devices for windows vary, depending on the type of window and its
location. All accessible windows in an apartment need securing.
These include basements, first floor, top floor, and fire escape windows.
Additional security should be applied on those windows near a fire escape, such
as bathroom or kitchen
the windows of your apartment that are near a hallway or public access windows
or areas. (Skylights should be examined for easy access and secured if
necessary.) Windows below the roof edge may be vulnerable to attack and
should be secured with the pinning method. They should not be left wide
open but should be pinned and secured locked in the open position (not more than
Pinning Double Hung Wooden Windows
To pin double hung wooden windows: at each top corner of the
inside sash, drill a hole through the inside sash and three quarters of
the way through the outside sash at a slight downward angle.
Insert two 5/16 diameter eyebolts, one on each side of the window.
The bolts should fit loosely enough in their holes so that they are easy to
insert and remove.
A separate set of holes can be drilled into the outside sash
approximately three to four inches above the inside sash so that the window
can be left open for ventilation. This prevents the window from being
opened further than the three or four inches allowed.
CAUTION: THE PINNING TECHNIQUE MAY DAMAGE THERMAL
PANESEALS, CONTACT THE MANUFACTURER.
WINDOWS: Any opening (window) within 18 feet of ground level, a
building projection, or a fire escape. is considered to be an accessible opening
(this includes windows near a public hall or route). Therefore,
secure accessible openings in the opened and closed position.
WINDOWS: If you live or work in a basement apartment, the windows
may be secured with safety gates, or grilles that also contain a safety
latch which allows for emergency exit. Do not assume that the basement
windows are too small for entry. They are, in fact, one of the most
popular points of entry for a burglar.
best and safest way to
secure your fire escape or any first floor Window
is with a New York Fire Department approved gate. This gate is
commonly known as the "ferry" or safety gate and is
operated by a latch and not a padlock or combination
DO NOT ACCEPT SUBSTITUTES!
The protection afforded by this gate is
only as good as the quality of its installation. The
screws used for installation of the safety gate should be long enough
so that they anchor the gate to the
interior wall stud, or the window
EDGEGUARDS: Interlocking edgeguards (anti
jimmy bars) offer good protection, however, improperly installed jimmy bars can
create a fulcrum or seesaw effect which lends itself to attack on the door.
Although dumbwaiter doors may seem sealed with paint, the entire
opening should be reinforced with sheet metal, metal
bars, or heavy duty slide bolts which are installed on the lock-and-hinge
side of the door.
Sheet rock (plasterboard) walls may be vulnerable
to attack. There are materials and/or devices such as heavy
plywood paneling (minimum 1/2"), or alarm sensors, that may be
attached directly on or near the wall to detect intrusions.
Although terraces may seem to be out of reach, they
are vulnerable to burglary. Secure all terrace
doors and/or windows as you would other accessible openings
to your residence using appropriate hardware.
CONDITIONERS: If air conditioners are in accessible areas, such as
walls or windows near the ground or fire escape, secure the unit to the
sleeve to prevent it from being pushed in or pulled out.
Be aware that some older, attached houses, brownstones, or
apartment buildings may have a crawl space above the top floor
ceiling and below the roof. This space may connect
apartments and should be secured in such a manner that meets fire
intercom. Buzz people into your building ONLY when you are absolutely
sure of the visitor's identity. Answer to a prearranged
signal from expected visitors if you do not have an intercom.
Discourage drop-in visitors and advise friends and relatives to call you first
from a local
phone before visiting.
Do not enter
or remain with a stranger in an elevator if you feel unsafe. If you live
on the top floor, make certain that the roof door is closed. By N.Y.C.
Building Code regulation, a roof door may not be locked
temporarily or permanently. It must always allow for emergency
resident precinct Crime Prevention Officer about the FREE property marking
offered by the New City Police Department.
Crime Prevention Section
34 1/2 East 12th
New York, N.Y.1000