Home Protection Strategies
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Detour if someone is following, so they will not find out where you live.
Never let anyone know you are home alone.
Ensure yards, porches, and entrances are well lit.
Avoid fences that are difficult to see through, they enable burglars to work in secrecy.
Do not hide house keys in mailboxes, planters, or under doormats. Instead, give a duplicate to a neighbor or friend.
Buy a dog. A 1992 Special Report poll of 191 burglars found that criminals were more likely to be deterred by barking animals either inside or outside a house or near by, than any other crime prevention tactic.
Use a locking bar or Insert dowel or broomstick length wise into the bottom track of sliding glass door. Screw two or three screws into the overhead track to reduce the chance of the door being lifted out of the track.
Keep close. Disable power if possible. Put padlocks on tracks.
Ask a neighbor to use your garbage cans. Some burglary teams use refuse collectors as spotters to alert them when the cans are not being used.
Park second car in driveway or ask a neighbor to park there so it appears someone is home. It also prevents burglars from backing a vehicle up to the house.
Keep shrubs trimmed so a person may not hide behind them. Privacy is a burglar's accomplice.
Use deadbolt locks. Change locks when you move.
Approximately one-third of all burglaries occur through unlocked windows and doors, so keep them locked. This includes garage doors.