There are several simple steps that residents can take to protect their home from becoming a target of a crime.
Install outdoor lighting to illuminate areas around your home such as entrances and the garage.
Keep shrubs and bushes trimmed to eliminate hiding places for burglars and other criminals.
Always keep your doors and windows locked, even when you are home.
Install a peephole in your front door.
Remember to always shut your garage door.
Secure windows and sliding glass doors with auxiliary locks. Special door pins, available at home improvement stores, can prevent your sliding doors from being lifted from their tracks during a burglary attempt.
Ensure that all exterior doors have deadbolts installed for added security.
Never store or hide keys outside or under your door mat.
Bring all garage door remotes into your home. Never leave a remote in a car in your driveway.
Don’t open the door for anyone you don’t know.
Whenever you will be away from your home for extended periods, be sure to take the following precautions:
Notify a friend or family member that you will be away and ask them to periodically check on your home.
Use timers to turn lights on inside your home to give the appearance that your home is occupied.
Have your newspaper and mail held, or picked up by a friend or neighbor.
Ask your neighbor to park in your driveway and use your trash cans