Secure Doors and Windows
- Use sturdy, solid core doors.
- Install security strike plates on outside entrances.
- Install deadbolt locks with cylinder deadbolts or horizontal bolts.
- Use window key locks.
- Never hide keys outside your house.
Keep Your Home Well-Lit
- Locate outdoor lights at all entrances, ground level windows and garage doors.
- Consider installing motion sensor flood lights, which turn on when a person or object moves by them.
- Consider Using photoelectric lights that will automatically turn on at dusk and off at dawn.
Be Wary of Strangers
- Install peephole in your front door and always know who is at the door before opening it.
- Ask to see ID before letting in any repair or delivery person. If you are still suspicious, contact the company they are reporting to represent to confirm who they are.
- Never let a stranger into your house. If they ask to use your phone, offer to make the call for them.
- Never let a stranger know you are home alone, whether at the door or on the phone.
Always Make Your Home Look Like Someone is Home While you are Away
- Never post on social media that you are going on vacation or that you are currently on vacation. Wait until after your vacation to post photos, if you feel the need to do so.
- Only let close friends and family know when you are going on vacation.
- Use timers to turn on and off electric devices
- Either suspend or have someone pick up your mail and newspaper, while on vacation.
- Lock all doors and windows and leave a key with someone you trust.
- Arrange to have some take care of your lawn or garden while away.
- Arrange to have a neighbor or friend park a vehicle, at random times, in you drive way.