- 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.
- Whenever 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 you 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
- 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 theives.
- 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" sign. If you own a dog
and go out of town, have someone come in and care for your dog in your
- Always double check doors at night and lock all windows.
- Engrave all valuables such as stereos, microwaves, videocameras, with
your driver's license number. Videotape the contents of your home. Keep
the video and the list of all valuables in as safe place, such as a safety