RENO, NV - A woman living on Terrace Drive near UNR awoke to a prowler crawling through her bedroom window just after midnight Thursday. She scared him off before he did any harm, but police say windows left open during the summer months are a risk to your safety and an invitation to crooks. Now they are reminding residents to take care to secure their homes despite the summer heat. Instead of leaving doors and windows wide open in the evening experts suggest these inexpensive options to reduce the heat in your home and discourage intruders.
1. Use locks or dowels to secure partially open windows.
2. Use fans to push warm air out of a closed space. Ceiling fans are relatively easy to install and can reduce overall energy costs.
3. Cellular window shades help block heat and light from coming into your home during the day.
4. Single room air conditioners can quickly reduce the temperature of the room while keeping doors and windows secure.
5. Evaporative coolers, while more expensive (average $300 - $500) can cool multiple rooms.
6. Wireless battery operated alarms can easily be installed on doors and windows to alert you to an intruder.
7. Use exterior lights to discourage crooks from sneaking around your home.