|CARRY A SPARE KEY OR LEAVE ONE WITH A TRUSTED FRIEND.
Don't hide keys outdoors where someone may find them.
|KEEP YOUR HOME WELL-LIT AND DON'T CREATE DARK CORNERS.
Strategic lighting is a powerful deterrent. Keep your hedges, trees and foliage trimmed so there are no apparent hiding places.
|INSTALL DEADBOLT LOCKS AND SHATTERPROOF WINDOW GLASS.
Take every precaution to make your home as safe as possible.
|CHECK BATTERIES IN SMOKE DETECTORS AND FLASHLIGHTS ON JANUARY 1ST.
Start each New Year right.
|ALWAYS ASK FOR IDENTIFICATION.
Verify service personnel; fake uniforms are easy to rent or steal.
|PLANT THORNY BUSHES BELOW WINDOWS.
Make sure all accessible doors and windows are well secured.
|TIMERS ON LIGHTS AND RADIOS SUGGEST THAT SOMEONE IS HOME.
A house that looks empty is a tempting target for criminals.
|KEEP YOUR VALUABLES AND IMPORTANT PAPERS IN A HOME SAFE.
Make them easier to retrieve and harder for thieves to get into.
|EXAMINE LOCKS AND ENTRY POINTS OFTEN TO SEE IF THEY'VE BEEN TAMPERED WITH.
Include automatic garage doors too.
PLANT "THORNY" BUSHES AND HEDGES NEAR LOWER WINDOWS.