How to Protect Your Home From Burglary

  • Burglars will tend to strike where they think the deterrent is low and their return is high. Below are some tips that will serve as good deterrents, giving your home a "secure look".
  • Keep shrubs and bushes trimmed to minimize hiding places that could provide a point of entry.
  • At night keep a porch light burning and utilize motion activated lights at the back and or sides of house.
  • All doors leading to the inside should be solidly constructed and have dead-bolt locks.
  • Keep doors locked - even when you are home.
  • Do not leave a note on the door that could inform a burglar that you are not home.
  • Windows should have secure locks and if left open for ventilation, should not exceed 5 inches - secured in place with security pins.
  • Do no hide a key in an obvious place that can easily be found.
  • If you have a garage, keep the door closed. Keep any ladders locked up so that they cannot be used by a burglar.
  • Make sure house numbers are readable from the street - including an alley.
  • Use a wide angle viewer (peephole) to check person's identity at your door.
  • When going out at night, connect one or more lights to a timer to create a "lived in" look. Also, a radio left playing can give the indication of someone being home.
  • Get to know your neighbors - watch out for each other. Consider starting a block watch.
  • If you see a suspicious person or situation call the police.
  • Engrave your driver's license number (not social security number) on your valuable items. Take photos of smaller items such as jewelry and silverware. Store photos and records in a secure place such as safety deposit box.
  • A dog and or an alarm system (with yard sign) have proven to be a good deterrent.
  • Make sure your efforts do not prevent a quick exit in case of a fire.