At Home

  • Install “bump proof” 2-inch deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
  • Install double-key locks on any door with glass in arm’s reach of the lock mechanism.
  • Make a habit of ensuring that all exterior doors are closed and locked each night prior to going to bed.
  • Do not hide keys outside of your home, garage or vehicle. If you’re concerned about locking yourself out, install a keypad or leave a spare key with a trusted family member or neighbor.
  • Install adequate exterior lighting near all entry doors at least. Consider motion-activated lights near all potential points of entry such as doors, basement windows, etc.
  • Ensure that all windows remain locked. Special locks are available that allow windows to remain open without being raised more than a few inches.
  • Keep garage doors completely closed and locked when the garage is not in use.
  • Think twice before installing pet entry doors - some burglars are very skilled at gaining access through small openings.
  • Install burglar/fire/panic alarms in the home if financially feasible. Monitored alarms are best, but any audible alarm will do.
  • Dogs are generally good crime deterrents.
  • Trim landscaping plants around windows and doors so that these points of entry are visible rather than concealed.
  • Do not store valuable property such as lawn mowers, bicycles, etc. in unlocked enclosed or open porches, carports, sheds or garages.
  • Do not leave your home unsecured while working in the yard. Even a brief trip from the front to the back yard - or vice versa - provides opportunity for anyone to enter through an open entry or garage door.
  • Be cautious and contemplate the potential consequences when considering features such as privacy fences which obstruct the view of your home or property from the “extra eyes” of neighbors and police.
  • Keep an eye on your neighborhood and report suspicious activity, vehicles or persons to the police right away, especially if you know of a current crime trend such as an increase in burglaries or thefts from auto.