TO KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE:
1. Don’t post your travel plans on social media. Many burglars use social networking sites to find victims.
2. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors. Push button locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open.
3. Trim your bushes, shrubs and trees to avoid providing a hiding place for an intruder.
4. Have adequate exterior lighting. Install motion-sensing lights.
5. Be sure to lock up ladders and tools which could be used to break into your home.
6. Burglars don’t like dogs. Even small noisy dogs make a home a less attractive to criminals.
7. Get to know your neighbors They are an extra sets of eyes keeping a watch on your property, reporting suspicious activity, and helping keep you safe.
8. Consider an alarm system. Many insurance companies offer discounts for alarms, and some systems also monitor for fire.
9. Think like a burglar. Ask yourself, “what would a burglar find when he looks at my house that would be inviting?”
10. Many break-ins occur during the day when people are at work. When you leave the house, create an illusion that someone’s still there. Consider leaving a radio or TV on all day so that would-be burglars think that someone is at home.
11. Keep your garage door closed. Garages are a common entry point for burglars.
12. Don’t keep valuables in your bedroom. Crooks normally go straight to the bedroom because they know people tend to keep cash and jewelry there. Keep your valuables in an unlikely place, but not in the linen closet or the freezer which are too obvious. Find a hiding place in the basement or take out a ceiling tile.