Below are just a few ways to try to make your home unappealing to criminals.
It only takes a little bit of effort to make your home safer and lower the risk
of becoming a victim of a burglary.
- Keep all doors and windows closed and securely fastened. An open window
or door is an open invitation for burglars. Thieves are also quick to spot
weak locks that may be easily forced open. Doors should have deadbolt locks
with a one inch throw and reinforced strike plate with three inch screws.
All windows should have window locks.
- Secure sliding glass doors. Place a metal rod or piece of plywood in the
track and install vertical bolts. These will help prevent burglars from
forcing the door open or lifting it off the track.
- Always lock the door to an attached garage. Don't rely on your automatic
garage door opener for security. Remove garage door openers from vehicles
parked outside the garage.
- Keep the perimeter of your home well lit. Installing motion sensor
outdoor lighting is a cost-effective way to discourage intruders.
- Never leave clues that you are away on a trip. Have a trusted neighbor
collect mail and newspapers while you are away so delivered items do not
accumulate. You can also ask a neighbor to park in your driveway or parking
place to make it appear that you are present.
- Never leave a message on your telephone answering machine telling people
that you are away from home. A message that you will return at a certain
time leaves your home vulnerable in the interim.
- If you use web sites such as facebook or twitter, never add status
updates, comments, or pictures that suggest you’re out of town or on
- Organize a community watch program to protect your neighborhood. An
alert community is a safe community.
- Keep shrubbery trimmed away from entrances and walkways. While large,
ornate hedges may be beautiful, they also provide a hiding place for
burglars who need only a minute to break in through a window or door.
- Create the illusion that you are home by using timers on lights, radios
and TV's. Making your residence appear occupied, even when no one is home,
will deter criminals.