Prevent Burglery

How to protect your family and home from a burglar

Ensure your family’s safety with these helpful tips:

  • Check doors at night and lock all windows.
  • Get a barking dog or “beware of dog” signs. If you own a dog and go out of town, have a friend you trust come in to care for your dog in your home.
  • Plant thorny bushes under all windows. Trim back any trees or shrubs near door and windows to eliminate hiding places for thieves.
  • Don’t hide a spare key under the door mat or under a flower pot.
  • Use a timer set to turn interior lights on and off at varying intervals as though your home is still occupied when you aren’t home.
  • Keep large amounts of cash or valuable jewelry in a safe deposit box.
  • Lock the door and take the key with you, even if you are just stepping next door or out mowing the backyard.
  • Keep any tools that could be used to break into your house, like a ladder, safely locked away in a garage or shed.
  • If someone comes to your door asking to use the telephone, make the call yourself. Don’t invite them in.
  • Protect lights to prevent breakage or tampering.
  • Install adequate locks and frames on all ground-level windows.
  • Have the serial numbers available of all valuable items.
  • Light up your neighborhood. Leave outdoor lights on all night, at both the front and rear of your home. Encourage your neighbors to do the same — it serves as a deterrent.
  • Put your purse, wallet, money and other valuables out of plain sight.
  • Remember, burglary is not a sophisticated crime; it’s a crime of opportunity. Burglars don’t choose victims, they choose opportunities!