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