- Always lock your doors and windows especially at night and when you’re away
- Close your garage and pet doors
- Secure ladders and tools so they can’t be used to gain entry into your home
- Be wary of anyone who approaches your front door and don’t let them take up too much of your time. Criminals work together; one will come to your door and distract you while the other sneaks into your home. Ask for an ID of a utility person.
- Be a good neighbor, lookout for one another.
- Excessive dog barking could be a sign of an intruder and may warrant a call to your local police department (911).
WHEN GOING ON VACATION
- Lock up your home, activate your alarm
- Don’t broadcast your plans on social media
- Hold the delivery of your mail and newspaper or ask a trusted friend to pick them up for you
- Buy a timer for your lights and set them in a random pattern
- Ask a neighbor to occasionally park in your driveway
- Never leave your car running unattended, even to dash into a store
- Always roll up your windows and lock your car even in hot weather
- Never leave valuables in plain sight
- Park cars in well-lit areas
- Never leave any keys in the car or ignition
- Activate your car alarm
- Always wear a helmet
- Follow the rules of the road
- Ride with the flow of traffic, not against it
- Wear bright-colored or reflective clothing
- If you’re not riding, lock your bike