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Don't Be a Victim
- Leave drapes and shades open. Closed drapes and shades indicate an unoccupied house.
- Have your lawn taken care of. Dry uncut grass says you are away.
- Put peepholes in front doors. Those with magnifying glass lens are best. You can see who is outside without opening the door. Consider door chains, too. Never leave a note on your door saying you are not home.
- Take care of your keys...don't leave a key under a doormat, flower pot or on a ledge. Burglars look in these locations first. Never leave an ignition key in your car and never put a house key on your automobile keychain.
- If you have a dog or an alarm, display "BEWARE" signs. These deter thieves.
- Leave a radio on. Turn it to a talk station and turn the volume loud enough to be heard outside. Turn down the phone ringer down so that a prowler cannot hear the phone ring.
- Do not keep expensive jewelry at home unless you have a secure safe.
- Light the outside of your home. Outside lights should illuminate doors and dark areas.
- Put interior lights on timers to simulate that someone is home.
- Keep your garage door down and locked.
- Mark valuable items with your drivers license number. Keep a list of these items.
- Secure patio doors. A steel or wooden rod in the guide will work. A pin type lock may also be used for added security.
- Look into an alarm system.
- Keep shrubbery trimmed. Thick or tall shrubbery can hide windows and doors. This gives a thief a place to work unseen.
- Make an inventory of items in your home. Take photos of valuable items. Keep one copy and give a copy to your insurance company. Video tape the entire interior of your home showing your property.