Talk to everyone in your family about assuming
responsibility for keeping your house safe. Safety requires
Keep shrubs around doors and windows pruned so
that thieves cannot use them for cover while attempting to break
into your home.
Install outdoor floodlights or motion-sensor
lights to illuminate areas outside your home where burglars
could allude detection.
Sliding doors are often the target for ingress.
You can help make them safer by installing locks or by putting a
broomstick or wooden dowel in the inside track to prevent the
door from sliding. You may want to install a nail on the side of
the tract so the window cannot be lifted out.
Never hide an extra key under your door mat or
nearby under a flower pot or big rock. Burglars know these
favorite spots. Leave your key with a neighbor.
Never leave high-value items unsecured outside
the home in plain sight, such as riding lawn mowers, snowmobiles
and ATVís Ė they may be too much of a temptation for those who
long for such items.
If you install a peephole in your entry door so
that you can see out without opening the door, you may want to
make an inconspicuous cover for it since now there is a device
on the market that is a "reverse peephole" which enables others
to see into your house through the peephole.
Lock everything. Keep your doors and windows
locked, even basement and attic. Make sure your garage is all
When you drive into your garage, be vigilant to
anyone sneaking in behind your car. Close the door immediately.
Keep your garage free of debris that a thief could use as cover.
Donít habitually approach your house at the same
time or from the same direction. Break up your routine so
that it cannot be used against you.
Be aware of your surroundings. Notice suspect
activity - strangers taking an inordinate interest in your home;
driving past it too slowly, or too often.
Donít leave ladders or tools outside for
burglars to use to get into your house. And donít forget to
secure the doggie door.
Some people "set a trap" so that they will know
if their home has been entered during their absence. (Remember
the old match or piece of thread trick.) If you do come home and
have reason to believe someone has entered or still may be
inside your home, do not enter the house. Retreat or go to a
neighbors and call 9-1-1.
If you leave your home for a few days, depending
upon the season take appropriate steps to make your house have a
In winter, arrange for someone to shovel
your walks and driveway.
In summer arrange to have someone mow your
In autumn have your leaves raked.
While you are away from home,
Use a timer to turn on and off lights
throughout the house to simulate normal routines. You may
want to include a radio on the timer, set to a station that
has a lot of "talk shows."
Stop newspapers. Arrange to have your mail
held at the Post Office.
Donít leave a note on your door or in your
email away message announcing when you left and when you are
Leave shades and draperies in normal
positions during absence.
Leave an itinerary with a neighbor or relative.
You may want to check-in from time-to-time so that they can keep
you advised of anything happening at hour home and also for you
to keep them advised of your whereabouts and travel plans. Leave
a trail of breadcrumbs in case you need to be found.