Home security is an important aspect of crime prevention. Burglaries frequently occur during weekdays when residents are away at work or school. Every home can be a target; however, there are several steps you can take to reduce your chances of becoming victimized.
Outside Your Home
Turn on porch lights at night. Lighting is an inexpensive form of security!
Do not hide house keys in obvious places. Or don't hide them outside at all!
Remember the 2 foot, 6 foot Rule: Trim bushes to a height of 2 feet off the ground, and tree limbs to a height of 6 feet off the ground to minimize areas where a burglar could hide.
Be cognizant of barking dogs, as they may alert you to intruders.
Inside Your Home
Always lock doors and windows, even those on the 2nd floor.
Install - and use - a security system.
Make sure your garage door is closed and the interior door is secured, even when you are home.
Do not leave valuables in open view from of the street.
Use timers on lamps, radios and televisions. They can provide the impression that someone is home, especially when you are on vacation or out of town.
Keep a list and photos of valuables such as jewelry and electronics (make/model/serial number). It can help in identifying and returning your stolen items if they are recovered. Keep the list in a secure location.
Be alert for suspicious activity and report it immediately.
Suspicious is something that is out of the ordinary for your area or the time of day.
Look for suspicious 'behavior,' not suspicious 'people.'
NEVER presume someone else has already reported the behavior.
Talk to your community about starting a Neighborhood Watch program, and make efforts to get to know your neighbors.