November 27, 2006 at 6:35 PM EST - Updated July 3 at 12:15 PM
Home Burglary Prevention Tips: Facts at a Glance
Invest in a Home Security System - An alarm system is an excellent deterrent to crime. The system should include a loud siren and motion sensors. Display security system decals on your windows and doors.
Lock all Doors and Windows Before you Leave a Home - Even if you're just running out on a short errand, make sure all doors and windows are locked. Deadbolts provide the best security.
Keep Window Coverings Slightly Open - Drapes and shades that are fully closed give a deserted look to your home.
Keep Valuables Out of Sight - Away from windows. Etch your name in items so they are easily identifiable. Keep a home inventory out of the house
Don't Make it Easy for Thieves to Use your Keys - Don't hide a key. Don't put your name and address on a key. Give a valet only your car key.
Have your Mail and Newspapers Held When You're Out of Town
Keep Your Garage Door Locked - Once inside your garage, a burglar can worked uninterrupted at getting into your home
Don't Tell Strangers or Acquaintances that You're Going Out of Town
Join or start a Neighborhood Watch Program - These programs are designed by and for local community residents to help ensure the safety of all those living in the area. They are a great defense against crime.