Lights On, Lights Off
A Little Landscaping
Prune or replace large foundation plantings; that way, intruders cannot hide behind shrubs while prying open a window or door. Low thorny bushes are also a deterrent.
Form or join a neighborhood watch group. Such groups are effective crime deterrents, because they encourage residents to be vigilant and to call the police whenever they see something amiss. They also provide information about crime in your neighborhood and work with police to improve response times.
Guard Your Garage
Don’t forget about garages and sheds. Always keep garage doors closed, even while at home, so thieves are not able to spot items they may want to steal later. Lock valuable items, such as expensive bicycles and grills, with a chain and pad lock. Install a hasp and padlock on shed doors. Available on Amazon; $6.12.
All in the Answering Machine
When changing your status on social media don't indicate whether you are away or not. Be careful when location tagging images on Instagram or checking in at out-of-town tourist spots. If you're not sure whether or not you should type that post, wait until you're back in town to share your vacation highlights.
Cautious Car Owners
Keep car doors locked and windows closed. Never leave valuables, especially electronics or money, in the car. Or if you must, put them out of sight. Use a locking device on your steering wheel in high-crime areas.
Don't Leave That Ladder
When engaged in a home improvement project, do not leave ladders in sight. They are an invitation to burglars. Similarly, don’t leave tools lying about that might be useful to an intruder, such as a hammer or pry bar.
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