Keep a light on. Interior lighting is necessary to show signs of life and activity inside a residence at night.
Use interior light timers to establish a pattern of occupancy
Exterior lighting should allow 100- feet of visibility
Tell PO to hold mail
Stop newspaper delivery
Most burglars enter via the front, back, or garage doors. Experienced burglars know that the garage door is usually the weakest point of entry followed by the back door. The garage and back doors also provide the most cover.
Burglars know the summer months of July and August have the most burglaries.
Burglars know to look inside your car for keys and other valuables so keep it locked, even when parked inside your garage.
Most sliding glass doors are secured by latches not locks. They are vulnerable to being forced open from the outside because of these inherently defective latch mechanisms. This can be easily be prevented by inserting a wooden dowel into the track thus preventing or limiting movement.
Use highly visible House Watch signs.
Windows are left unlocked and open at a much higher rate than doors. Keep them LOCKED.
Alarm systems need to be properly installed and maintained. Alarms systems can monitor for fire as well as burglary for the same price. All systems should have an audible horn or bell to be effective in case someone does break in.
Make sure your alarm response call list is up to date, including our contact information, especially when you are away.
Most important, notify a neighbor or family member to check your home!