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Simple Steps to Help Prevent Home Break-ins


As a homeowner, the thought of someone breaking into your house is one of the scariest prospects you face. After all, your home is not only your most valuable asset; it also contains some of your most cherished items.

Reduce your home's chances of falling victim to burglary with these easy-to-follow, cost-effective tips.

When You'll Be Away ...

  • Make your house look like someone's in it by setting your lights, television and radio on a timer. The more random activity going on in the house, the less likely burglars are to target it for a possible robbery. A good timer can be purchased at most electronics stores.

  • Contact the post office and newspaper to have your delivery suspended. This way, mail won't pile up – a dead giveaway no one is home.

  • Contact the police and tell them the dates you will be out of town. When patrolling, officers keep a closer eye on these addresses to make sure nothing out of the ordinary is going on.

Even for Short Periods Away from Home ...

  • Always lock doors and windows. It seems like common sense, but it can often be forgotten or overlooked.

  • Trim bushes and shrubs, especially near windows and doors, to reduce the number of places an intruder can gain access to the house unnoticed.

  • Keep valuables and electronics like laptop computers, music players and cameras out of clear sight. Thieves are more likely to break in if they can easily see valuables.

  • Get a home security system and prominently display proof of the system with a sticker or lawn sign. Convicted robbers have reported passing up homes with visible proof of a security system.

These recommendations were developed using generally accepted safety standards. Compliance with these recommendations is not a guarantee that you will be in conformance with any building code, or with federal, state or local regulation regarding safety or fire. Compliance with these recommendations does not ensure the absolute safety of your occupation, business or residence. It is the property owner’s duty to warn any tenants or occupants of the property of any safety hazards that may exist.

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