Maintain your doors and locks.
the condition of your exterior doors. Make sure that they fully close, are sturdy
enough to provide resistance to kick-ins and that there are no gaps along the
Tip: Check each door’s strike plate, hinges and
handle for looseness.
Tip: Damaged door hardware? Make repairs or replace immediately.
Maintain your windows
Inspect and repair all exterior frames, glass
panes and latches to make sure all windows are securely attached to
the window frames and always keep them locked when they’re closed, including all
sliding patio doors.
Tip: Take a strong dowel or
steel bar and slide it into the back groove of your sliding doors. This way
even if the lock is picked, the door can’t be slid open.
Install safety lighting
Purchase indoor lighting timers for
when you are away from your home for a lengthy period of time, since such lights gives the illusion that you’re home.
important to have adequate outdoor lighting so that there are no dangerous dark
Tip: Consider installing outdoor motion detector lights near
exterior doors and windows for some added security. If you have a large yard,
you may want to install floodlights, too.
Be mindful of your spare keys
Try to limit the number of keys you lend
out. Give the babysitter or dog walker your
garage code instead of an actual key.
a unique place to keep a spare key around the house, be original. Avoid hiding
a spare key under fake rocks, doormats or along the. Choose a spot that a
burglar won’t think to check!
Be careful how you showcase the property in your home
Keeping expensive items in plain sight near windows makes
your house a target! Get a burglar’s point of view by opening all of your
curtains and walk around your house.
personal items, such as jewelry, big screen TV or your computers, consider where
they are placed and stored or buy thick drapes and blinds so your valuable
items don’t tempt robbers.
Consider an alarm system
If you live in an area with high crime, are away from home often, work
odd hours, or just want some extra protection, an alarm system is a great
Homeowners generally pay between $100 and $1,200 for a burglar alarm
(price dependent on home size and system), plus a monthly monitoring fee of
Tip: Not in your budget? Prominently display a
sign about that a security system is on the premises.