In your home
Burglars don’t usually like to take many chances. They are opportunists who seek out the easiest places to break into. If they see a home with no lights on, the drapes open, newspapers stacked on the front porch, and mail in the mailbox, they know that their chances are pretty good for a successful burglary. On the other hand, closed drapes, lights on, and a well-trimmed lawn are signs that he probably better not try it. Let’s face it, it’s easier for him to go on up the block to find an easier target than to take a chance on a well-protected home.
- Install good locks on all doors and windows. Doors should have deadbolt locks. Check to ensure that all doors and first level windows are securely locked at night. Also, a rod or stick that fits snugly in the track of your windows or sliding glass doors will greatly increase window and door security. Also, chain locks do not keep out intruders. They allow you to open the door slightly to see the visitor but can easily be broken by a sudden push against the door. Instead, install peepholes in all doors.
- Leave outdoor lights illuminated even after you retire to bed. Also, motion sensor lights are inexpensive, easy to install, and effective in helping to scare away prowlers. Criminals tend to avoid well-lit places. Activate alarm systems when you are sleeping or away from home.
- Remove all obstructions, such as shrubbery, that block the view of your windows and doors. Make sure that windows are equipped with blinds or drapes, and keep them closed at night, especially in bedrooms and bathrooms.
- DOORS AND LOCKS ONLY WORK WHEN THEY ARE USED.
- Keep an inventory of your valuables and electronic equipment so you will know immediately if something is missing. Include photographs of jewels and serial numbers of other costly items. Etch your Name or Driver’s License number on items, when possible.
- Don’t give away unnecessary information to strangers over the telephone including, your name, address, marital status, or when you will be home. Require identification of salesmen, repairmen and other strangers who come to your door, before you let them inside.
- Finally, be a good neighbor and report suspicious persons in the neighborhood to the police. Be sure to get a description of the person and a license plate of any vehicle used.
Refer to the Home Security Safety Checklist for more suggestions. Click the link to open or right click and then click save to download the file as a PDF.