- Invest in
solid doors and good quality locks on doors and windows. This
includes on all sliding glass doors as well. Make it not only
difficult but also time consuming for a burglar to gain entry.
you go outside, lock the door and take the key with you, even
if you are just stepping next door or out mowing the back yard.
- Don't put
valuables where they can be seen from the window, especially items
that can be easily carried.
- Be sure your
garage door can be secured. Do not leave it open when you are
away; an empty garage broadcasts your absence.
- When you
aren't home, use a timer set to turn interior lights on and off
at varying intervals as though your home was still occupied.
- Don't keep
large amounts of cash or really valuable jewelry around the house.
- If someone
comes to your door asking to use the telephone, make the call
yourself. Don't invite them in.
- Don't hide
a spare key under the door mat or under a flower pot. Thieves
know all the good hiding places.
- Plant thorny
bushes under all windows. Trim back any trees or shrubs near doors
and windows to eliminate hiding places for would-be thieves.
- Invest in
a good security system along with motion sensor lights installed
out of reach
- Don't leave
ladders outside. Keep any tools that could be used to break in
your home safely locked away in a garage or shed.
- Get a barking
dog or "beware of dog" signs. If you own a dog and go out of town,
have someone come in and care for your dog in your home.
- Always double
check doors at night and lock all windows.
- Engrave all
valuables such as stereos, microwaves, video cameras, with your
driver's license number. (Engraving tools are usually available
through your local law enforcement agency.) Videotape the contents
of your home. Keep the video and the list of all valuables in
a safe place, such as a safety deposit box.