• Lock all doors and windows when you leave the house and when you go to sleep. Lock your garage door as well.
  • Remember: A lock is not a lock unless you lock it. 
  • Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security. 
  • Install deadbolt locks with at least a 2" slide bolt and 3" screws that secure the stop plate to the door frame.
  • Change locks any time a key is lost or stolen, and don’t give or lend keys.
  • By installing a one-way peephole, you can see who is outside.
  • Fasten air conditioner units securely to the windowsill or window frame. Otherwise, burglars can too easily remove the unit and enter your home through the window.
  • Keep the perimeter of your home well lighted. Low-voltage outdoor lighting is a cost-effective way to discourage intruders. 
  • Consider using timed interior lights and outdoor timed or motion lights to make your home appear occupied when you are away.
  • Don't advertise when the house will be unoccupied. Stop all mail and have a friend or neighbor collect newspapers/fliers. Have someone park a car in your driveway or parking pad.
  • Make your house look occupied by day; leave drapes and shades in normal positions with valuables out of sight.
  • Keep a radio or television on low volume when not at home.
  • Keep shrubbery trimmed away from doors and windows. Burglars need only a minute to break in.
  • Be a good neighbor by keeping an eye on your neighbor’s home; get them to do the same for you.
  • Be suspicious of anyone who asks to enter your home for any type of “maintenance” reason. There are numerous cases of people impersonating electricians or gas line inspectors who turn out to be dangerous. Always demand to see an official company ID.
  • Report suspicious people or vehicles lurking in the neighborhood.
  • Dial 911 if your suspicions are aroused and give police a good description.
  • Mark your property by inscribing your driver’s license number on these items. 
  • Keep a list of the make, model, and serial numbers of all valuables.
  • Organize a community watch program to protect your neighborhood. An alert community is a safe community.