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  • Many burglars will spend no more than 60 seconds attempting to break into a home. Make sure every external door has sturdy, well-installed deadbolt locks.

  • Sliding glass doors offer easy access if not properly secured. You can secure them by installing commercially available locks or putting a broomstick or wooden dowel in the inside track to jam the door.

  • Never hide house keys under the door mat or a rock that is near your door. Most burglars know that trick. Instead give an extra key to a trusted neighbor.

  • When you move to a new house or apartment, have a competent locksmith rekey the locks.

  • All outside doors to your home should be metal or solid wood.

  • Install a peephole in all entry doors so you can see who is outside without opening the door.

  • Don't use door chains; they break easily and don't keep intruders out.

  • Prune back shrubbery and trees so that they don't obscure windows or doors.

  • Install outdoor floodlights or motion-sensor lights to eliminate any areas where someone might hide.

  • When you go out of town, give your house that “lived-in look “by putting a few of your lights on timers. Also, stop your mail and newspaper delivery or have a trusted neighbor pick it up for you.

  • Don't leave anything, such as ladders or tools, lying around that can be used to break into your home.

  • If you are a female and you live alone, don't advertise it by putting “Miss Jane Doe “on your doorbell or mailbox. Just put the initial of your first name and your last name, “J. Doe.”

  • Mark all of your valuables with your license number.

  • Ask a trusted neighbor to watch your home while you are away.

  • Write down and report to the police license numbers on vehicles used by suspicious persons in your neighborhood.

  • The White Lake Police Department highly encourages home owners to have a home security systems installed.



  • While driving, lock your doors and roll up your windows. Park in a well-lit area and keep all valuables out of sight and in the trunk.

  • While walking, avoid isolated areas. Walk confidently and with another person if possible. Don't carry a lot of cash and avoid wearing anything that would attract unwanted attention like furs or jewelry.

  • When answering the door, never let in a stranger for any reason.

  • Always ask service people for identification before letting them in your house. You may want to contact the company to verify their identity.

  • Never, ever pick up hitchhikers.

  • Beware of a stranger who approaches you with a “great “business opportunity. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

  • Never leave your keys in your car, for any reason.

  • Never leave your car doors unlocked.

  • If possible, choose a parking lot with an attendant.

  • Remove any identification from your personal key ring.

  • Be aware of your surroundings - know who's out there and what's going on.

  • Trust your instincts. If a situation or place makes your feel uncomfortable or uneasy, leave.


By North Carolina law it is required for LSEV’s to be driven on public streets (no sidewalks), that all operators must possess a valid driver’s license, the vehicle must be registered with the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, have a valid license tag, vehicle inspection, and valid vehicle insurance. LSEV’s fall under the following Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. No. 500 (49 CFR 571.500 which states they must have the ability to travel between 20-25 mph, and be equipped with headlamps, stop lamps, turn signal lamps, tail lamps, reflex reflectors, parking brakes, rearview mirrors, windshields, seat belts, and vehicle identification numbers (VIN). If you are bringing a Low Speed Electric Vehicle (Golf Cart) from out of state your LSEV must be registered with your state of residence Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and must have a license tag (Hard tag just like your car) issued by your DMV, and have valid insurance. The Town of White Lake does not offer any type of temporary permit for the use of golf carts. All vehicles on the road must have state issued license tags. If you have any questions or concerns regarding LSEV’s, please feel free to contact the White Lake Police Department at 910-862-4800, Monday through Friday during the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.”

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