Burglars go through neighborhoods looking for uncut lawns and stuffed
mailboxes. In the evening, they look for darkened houses or lights that
have been left on too long.
Don't tempt a thief
• Lawn mowers, snow blowers, barbecues and bicycles are best stored
out of sight.
• Always lock your garden sheds and garages.
• Use curtains on garage and basement windows.
• Never leave notes on your door such as "Gone shopping."
Locks…get the best
• No lock, regardless of its quality, can be truly effective. Key-in dead bolt
locks provide minimum security.
Ask a locksmith for advice on your situation.
• Change locks immediately if your keys are lost or stolen.
• When moving into a new home, have all locks changed.
• Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is
recommended for backyards.
• Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for
• Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.
• Most windows can be pinned for security.
• Drill a 3/16" hole on a slight downward slant through the inside window
frame and halfway into the outside frame - place a nail in the hole to
secure the window.
• An alarm system is excellent for home security. It provides peace of
mind to homeowners, especially while
on vacation. There is a wide variety of alarm systems on the market.
• Make several inquiries to different companies for the best security
system available to you.
If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door
• Do not enter - the perpetrator may still be inside.
• Use a neighbor's phone to call police.
• Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for
• Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
• Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.