Preventing Home Burglary
- 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
- 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
- Don't hide a spare key
under the door mat or under a flower pot. Thieves know all the good hiding
- 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.
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