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Home Security Tips

Home Security Information

Important Tips
Protecting your home:
  • Alarms are good, but dogs are better for preventing burglaries.
  • Always lock your doors and windows.  Many thefts occur when doors and windows are left unlocked.
  • Close blinds and shades at night.
  • If you live alone, use only initials or last names on your mailbox.
  • If you come home and find a door or window opened or signs of forced entry, do not go into your house, call the police immediately.
  • Install and use deadbolt locks.
  • Install a peephole in the door and use it.
  • Keep outside areas well-lit.
  • Never provide personal information to subjects calling that you do not know.
  • Never let a stranger into your house when you are alone; no matter the reason, never give the appearance to a stranger that you are home alone.
  • Outside doors to residences, including the one between your house and garage, need to be solid and fit tightly in their frame.  Hinges should be inside the door.
  • Rotate leaving different lights on when you're away.  Use light timers if you are away for an extended amount of time.
  • Secure sliding glass doors with locks and place a dowel in the door's track to prevent it from sliding open when you're not home.
  • Trim back shrubbery that hides doors or windows, cut back tree limbs that could help a thief climb into a second-story window.
  • Verify the identity and legitimacy of any sales or service person before letting them into your house.