Here are a few simple steps you can take to safeguard your home.

  1. Windows: Louvered windows are the most common means of entry for burglars. Louver clips can be installed to lock the louver into the brackets. Epoxy glue can also be used to seal the louvers onto the brackets and is actually the best method for securing your louvers. Decorative iron or bars may also be installed over the entire window. Old- fashioned double-hung windows can be secured by drilling holes in the window sash and frame and using a removable nail as a lock­ing pin.
  2. Doors: Doors are the second most common means of entry for burglars, who like to use doors whenever possi­ble to give a normal appearance to their coming and going. Always lock your doors and use double cylinder deadbolt locks. Exterior doors should be solid, not hollow core. Sliding glass doors should have locking devices (pins or bolts in the top channel), or a sim­ple strip of wood or metal placed in the bottom channel.
  3. Street Address: Your street address should be large and well-lit to be easily read from the street in case police or emergency vehicles are called to your residence.
  4. Exterior Lighting: If you don't have a street light near your house, you may want to install motion detec­tors to automatically turn on Also use lights to illuminate your home's doors, windows, and garage.
  5. Landscaping and Shrubbery: Trim away all trees or plants that could conceal a burglar trying to gain entry into your home. Hedges provide privacy for you but cover for a bur­glar.
  6. Signs and Decals: If you have a Neighborhood Watch Program in your area, place their decals conspicuously on doors and windows.
  7. Mail Box: Your mailbox should have your street address on it, be big enough to accept all your regular mail and positioned so it can be seen by neighbors.
  8. Alarm System: There are several security companies that install systems or you can buy and install a do-it-yourself system. They vary widely in complexity and cost, so shop around.
  9. Peep Holes: Install a peephole in your front door and use it before answering the door.
  10. Tool Sheds or Other Struc­tures: Securely lock free-standing tool sheds or garages that could supply a burglar with the tools and ladder he needs to break in.
  11. Fences: The fence should not obstruct visibility of your house or yard. Chain-link fencing is a popular choice. Lock gates at all times.
  12. Dogs: Small dogs indoors can be just as effective as large dogs outdoors in terms of making a loud If you don't have a dog, buy and put up some "Beware of Dog" signs anyway.
  13. Roof Entrances: Make sure you have a method for locking skylights.
  14. Safes: Safes in the home should be anchored and hidden. Closets are not necessarily the best place to conceal safes. If the safe is not permanently embedded, it should weigh over 500 pounds.
  15. Engraving: Your I.D number on items such as jewelry, camera, electronic equipment, and This makes it difficult for thieves to sell the goods and it's easier for law enforcement to track it down.
  16. Other Preventative Measures: Be observant and report suspicious strangers in your neighborhood, with the license plate number if possible. Establish a network with your neighbors to keep an eye on each other's homes, or join the Neighborhood Watch program. When going on vacation, have someone stay at your home, or check on it often. Arrange to have your mail and newspapers held while you’re away.