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SECURITY TIPS

Don't keep a house key hidden outside.

Keep irreplaceable items in a high quality fire resistant safe or in off-site safety deposit box.

Maintenance ... Keep trees and shrubs trimmed to prevent anyone from hiding near your house. Don't let mail or newspapers pile up. Avoid leaving a driveway or sidewalk with snow cover for prolonged periods. Burglars look for these signs.

Exterior Doors
Install heavy duty dead bolts and reinforced door jams.

Install exterior doors at least 1-3/4 inch thick and made from solid wood or reinforced with metal.

Door locks that can be reached internally by breaking a window should have a keyhole, not a latch, on the inside.

Reinforce sliding glass doors with a stick or rod. Prevent sliding glass doors from being lifted out of frame.

Keep exterior doors well lit.

Prevent access through a mail slot, dryer vent, or pet entrance.

Garage
Keep your car locked inside the garage.

Use a heavy duty dead bolt on interior door between the garage and the house.

Automatic door openers.
Change the security code from the preinstalled settings.

Windows
Use devices that lock windows in the frame in the closed and open position.

Inventory
Take a household inventory, preferrably with video documentation.

Mark important items with permanent identifying mark, such a a driver's license number.

Alarm System ...
Professionally Installed

Use an alarm system that is connected to a 24-HR security monitoring center that notifies the police department in case of alarm activation.

Test your alarm regularly and keep your emergency contact numbers updated.


Identity Theft
FTC ID THEFT

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Helpful Links ...

Chicago Police
Sex Offenders List


Illinois State Police
Sex Offender Registry


Anywho.com
Reverse Number Lookup

FoneFinder
(find out if a number is coming from a cell phone)

Localcalling.sbc.com

NIOSH | OSHA.gov

Cybersmart.org Staysafeonline.info

TheSpyEmporium.com


VEHICLE SECURITY TIPS
PREVENTION OF AUTO THEFT AND BURGLARY

Lock vehicle and close windows.

Park in a garage when possible with the garage locked, the car doors locked and the alarm armed.

If you need to park outdoors, leave vehicle in a well-lit area.

Avoid leaving valuable objects in the vehicle or at least hide the objects from view. Cell phones, stereo faceplates, notebook computers and MP3 players are attractive targets for thieves.

Do not keep car titles, important documents or spare ignition keys in the car.

Always activate the car alarm even when parking for a short time.

Call 911 immediately if you see suspicious activity.

 


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EMERGENCIES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS
POLICE DEPARTMENT 911

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS
FIRE DEPARTMENT 911
Arlington Heights Police Dept
Police Adm 847-368-5300

Arlington Heights Fire Dept
Fire Adm 847-368-5450

SIREN ALERT
Tornado Siren (Steady)
Air Raid Siren (Wails up & down)
No 'all clear' -- tested 1st Tue of month at 10 am

ELECTRIC
ComEd | Claims
1-800-334-7661
(1-800-Edison-1)

GAS ENERGY
NICOR | Safety
1-888-642-6748
(1 888 Nicor4u)

J.U.L.I.E.
800-892-0123


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Gas, Oil, Petrol YELLOW   
 ==== Electric RED
 ==== Telecom, CATV ORANGE
 ==== Potable Water BLUE
 ==== Sewer GREEN
 ==== Reclaimed Water PURPLE   
 ==== Excavation Outline WHITE  



ARLINGTON HEIGHTS
Public Works(Days)

847-368-5800

Public Works
(nights & weekends)
847-368-5300

Health Department
847-368-5760

Village Hall
847-368-5000

CLEAN-UP
ServiceMaster


TELEPHONE

AT&T 800-660-3000

SBC Repair: 888-611-4466

WEB/COMPUTER
National Cyber Alert System
(US-CERT)

Computer Security
CERT® Coordination Center
Home Network Security

AntiVirus Info:
McAfee | Symantec

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Cyber Security Tips
1. Use protection software "anti-virus software" and keep it up to date.

2. Don't open email from unknown sources. Be especially wary of attachments.

3. Use hard-to-guess passwords.

4. Protect your computer from Internet intruders by using "firewalls".

5. Don't share access to your computers with strangers. Learn about file sharing risks. Don't leave a public computer logged in to any of your accounts.

6. Disconnect from the Internet when not in use.

7. Back up your computer data.

8. Regularly download security protection update "patches".

9. Check your security regularly and use reliable sources for security information. Check the
National Cyber Alert System often. Be wary of e-mails that alert you to a security risk -- they are often hoaxes or actual threats to your system. Always check the McAfee or Symantec sites or a computer consultant before taking any action on a threat.

10. Make sure family members and/or employees know what to do if your computer becomes infected.

SAFETY TIPS
KNOW WHERE YOUR UTILITY SHUTOFFS ARE LOCATED and keep a wrench in a constant, dependable location.

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Make sure your street address numbers are clearly displayed (and illuminated) on your house so emergency personnel can find your house quickly.


SAFETY CHECKLIST
ON HAND ITEMS
Flashlights and fresh batteries
Blankets
Battery-powered radio
Battery-powered or wind-up clock
Cellular or wireless
Non-cordless phone (landline)
Bases stations without integrated handsets don't work without power
Drinking water and food
Fire Extinguishers

FIRE SAFETY
Escape Plan should include two exits from each room -- a door and window. Meeting place should be pre-arranged in designated area outside of home.

Know the emergency fire number (911)

Smoke Detectors

Smoke detector on every floor and located in or near each sleeping area.

Test your Smoke Detectors once a month!

Change your Smoke Detector's Battery in the Fall and the Spring!"

HOME HAZARDS CHECKLIST
Cooking
___ Adult always in kitchen when food is cooking on the stove.

___ Stovetops uncluttered.

___ Pot holders and oven mitts within easy reach.

___ Pot and skillet handles turned in so they can't be accidentally overturned.

___ Curtains, paper towels and other flammables kept away from stovetop.

___ Kid-free zone of three feet from stove.

Heating
___ Portable heaters turned off when adults go to sleep or leave the room.
___ Space Heaters at least three feet from any curtains, bedding or other flammable materials.

___ Sturdy fireplace screen to catch sparks.

___ Inspect and clean chimney once per year.

___ Professional service for furnace once per year.

___ Propane and gasoline and other fuels stored outside home.

Electrical
___ Avoid overloaded outlets.

___ Extension cords do not run under carpets or through doorways.

___ No cracked or frayed electric cords.

___ Microwave, toasters, coffemakers not plugged in to same outlet.


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HOMELAND SECURITY (link to current threat level)
The five levels of terrorism alerts, as well as recommended government and private-sector responses include the following:

 Green:


Low risk of terrorist attacks.

Refine and exercise planned protective measures.

Ensure emergency personnel receive training.

Assess facilities for vulnerabilities and take measures to reduce them.

 Blue:


Guarded condition. General risk of terrorist attack.

Check communications with designated emergency response or command locations.

Review and update emergency response procedures.

Provide the public with necessary information.

 Yellow:


Elevated condition. Significant risk of terrorist attacks.

Increase surveillance of critical locations.

Coordinate emergency plans with nearby jurisdictions.

Assess further refinement of protective measures within the context of the current threat information.

Implement, as appropriate, contingency and emergency response plans.

 Orange:


Orange: High risk of terrorist attacks.

Coordinate necessary security efforts with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies or any National Guard or other appropriate armed forces.

Take additional precaution at public events and possibly consider alternative venues or cancellations.

Prepare to work at an alternate site or with a dispersed work force.

Restrict access to threatened facilities to essential personnel only.

 Red:


Severe risk of terrorist attacks.

Assign emergency response personnel and preposition specially trained teams.

Monitor, redirect or constrain transportation systems.

Close public and government facilities.

Increase or redirect personnel to address critical emergency needs.

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