Close and lock all doors even when leaving for a short period of time. This includes garages and connecting doors.
Use automatic timers to cut lights on and off if you are gone for an extended time.
Illuminate the yard, especially doorways and the rear of the house.
Trim trees and shrubs around the house. These provide concealment for burglars.
Install good locks on doors and windows and USE THEM. Don’t hide keys in mailboxes and planters or under doormats. Instead, leave an extra set of keys with a trusted neighbor or friend.
Use deadbolt locks that require a key from either side (double cylinder).
Be sure your street address number is large, in clear view and well lit so police and other emergency personnel can find your home quickly.
Keep ladders, tools, and lawn furniture locked up. Burglars commonly use these to gain entry to houses.
Install a peephole or wide angle viewer in all entry doors so you can see who is outside without opening the door. Door chains break easily and don’t keep out intruders.
The mere perception of alarms and dogs are the #1 and #2 deterrents to burglars.
Use alarm systems if financially able. Simple window alarms can be purchased at most home improvement stores for less than $20.
Write down your serial numbers and keep up with them.
Inscribe your driver’s license or NC ID number on all your belongings.
Implement and be an active member of a neighborhood watch program.
If you arrive home and something looks questionable (ex. a slit screen, broken window, open door etc.) DON’T GO IN. Call the police from a neighbor’s house or other phone.
Ask for photo ID from service or delivery people before letting them in. If you are the least bit worried, call the company to verify.
Have neighbors or family pick up mail if you are going to be gone for a few days.