Basic Rules For Keeping Your Home Safe
- Make sure that all doors to the outside are metal or solid (1 3/4" hardwood).
- Make sure doors have a sturdy deadbolt lock, with a minimum of 1 1/2" bolt.
- Always lock up your home when you go out.
- Secure glass doors with commercially available bars or locks.
- Make sure all windows, especially at ground level, have good locks.
- Make sure all entrances are well lighted.
- Trim bushes or trees that hide doors and windows.
- Don't hide your house keys under the door mat or in a flower pot.
- Keep a written record of all the furniture, jewelry, and electronics. If possible, video record your property and note serial numbers and other helpful information. Place these items in a safety deposit box or in a secure place.
When You Go Away
- Ask a trusted neighbor to collect your mail and newspapers, and offer to return the favor.
- Leave word about when you're leaving, when you'll return, and how you can be reached in an emergency.
- Put automatic timers on at least two lights (and possibly a radio) to help your home look and sound lived-in.
A watchful neighbor who looks out for you, as well as themselves, are a front-line defense against crime.