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How secure is your home? If you’re locked out of your home, can you still get in? Possibly through an unlocked or broken window or by using an extra hidden key under a flowerpot on the front porch? If you can break into your home, so can a burglar!

Helpful Tips

  • Always lock your doors and windows, even when leaving for “just a minute.” 
  • Never leave a house key under a doormat, in a flowerpot, or on the ledge of a door. These are the first places a burglar will look. 
  • All exterior doors should be solid core wood or metal and have a dead bolt with at least a 1-inch throw that extends into the frame. This includes the pedestrian door from the garage into the backyard and the pedestrian door from the garage into the home. 
  • Increase security of sliding glass doors and windows by installing additional security locks. When you’re sleeping or not at home, all windows and doors should be shut and locked. 
  • Cut shrubbery back so it doesn't hide doors and windows. Cut back any tree limbs a burglar might use to climb to an upper-level window. 
  • Install exterior lights on timers that illuminate your doors and windows at night. 
  • Use timers so lights, radios, and televisions go on and off through the house to give the appearance that someone is home. 
  • Install a door viewer in your front door. Never open the door to someone you don’t know! 
  • Have a trusted neighbor collect your mail and newspapers if you will be away for an extended period of time. 
  • Your house number should be clearly visible from the street day and night. Use numbers that are 6-inches high and are a contrast to the background. Avoid script numbers, which can be confusing.