steps to prevent theft can reduce your insurance premiums and
save you from the heartbreak of losing items that are worth more
to you than money. The ring that your grandmother gave you, your
great-grandfather's watch, the charm bracelet that all of your
children saved to buy as a Mother's Day gift, or a special item
that you bought on your honeymoon can't be replaced if they are
tips from will help make your home more burglar-proof.
in solid doors and good quality locks on doors and windows.
This includes on all sliding glass doors as well. Make it
not only difficult but also time consuming for a burglar to
you go outside, lock the door and take the key with you, even
if you are just stepping next door or out mowing the back
put valuables where they can be seen from the window, especially
items that can be easily carried.
"Don't hide a spare key under the door mat or under a flower pot. Thieves know all the good hiding places."
your garage door can be secured. Do not leave it open when
you are away; an empty garage broadcasts your absence.
aren't home, use a timer set to turn interior lights on and
off at varying intervals as though your home was still occupied.
keep large amounts of cash or really valuable jewelry around
comes to your door asking to use the telephone, make the call
yourself. Don't invite them in.
hide a spare key under the door mat or under a flower pot.
Thieves know all the good hiding places.
thorny bushes under all windows. Trim back any trees or shrubs
near doors and windows to eliminate hiding places for would-be
in a good security system along with motion sensor lights
installed out of reach
leave ladders outside. Keep any tools that could be used to
break in your home safely locked away in a garage or shed.
barking dog or "beware of dog" signs. If you own a dog and
go out of town, have someone come in and care for your dog
in your home.
double check doors at night and lock all windows.
all valuables such as stereos, microwaves, video cameras,
with your driver's license number. (Engraving tools are usually
available through your local law enforcement agency.) Videotape
the contents of your home. Keep the video and the list of
all valuables in a safe place, such as a safety deposit box.
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