Burglary Prevention Tips


Burglary basics:

  • Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
  • Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
  • Leave lights or the television on when you go out.
  • If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timer to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked.
  • Let your neighbors know when you will be out of town so they can look for anything suspicious.
  • Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold you’re mail, or have a friend or neighbor to pick them up regularly.
  • Arrange for you’re lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
  • Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
  • Sliding glass doors are venerable. Special locks are available for better security.

Don’t tempt a thief:

  • Lawn mowers, snow blowers, barbecues and bicycles are best stored out of sight.
  • Always lock your garden sheds and garages.
  • Use caution on garage and basement windows.
  • Keep blinds closed during the day when you are away. 
  • Never leave notes on your door such as “gone shopping”.

Targeting the Outside:

  • Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for back yards.
  • Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.
  • Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.

If Your Home Is Broken Into:

  • Do not enter if you find open or broken windows or doors. The perpetrator may still be inside. 
  • Use a neighbor’s phone or a cell phone to call police.
  • Write down the license plate number of any suspicious vehicles.
  • Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.
  • Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
Other precautions you should take:
  • Never leave keys under doormats, flower pots, mailboxes or other "secret" hiding places - buglers know where to look for hidden keys.
  • Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase, original value, and serial numbers. 
  • Keep a copy in a safe place away from the home. This is a good precaution in case of fire or other disasters.Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
  • Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 911 immediately.
  • Consider installing a burglar alarm system.