and your home will not be safe unless you follow good
security practices. These tips will help make your
protective measures effective.
all doors and windows locked, even if you are just
going out "for a minute." If a window is
left open a few inches for ventilation, it should be
locked to prevent someone from opening it more.
gates, garages, and sheds after each use.
bicycles, mowers, etc. in a locked garage or shed, or
secure them to some stationary point.
leave notes on your door when you are away from home.
leave keys in mailboxes or planters, under doormats,
or in other obvious hiding spots. Leave an extra key
with a neighbor.
to recognize who belongs in your neighborhood,
development, or apartment, i.e., residents, workers,
who's at your door before opening it. Check photo
registration card before dealing with any solicitors,
peddlers, interviewers, etc.
suspicious of persons making unsolicited offers of
a NO SOLICITING sign if you don't want any solicitor
to ring your door bell, knock on your door, or make
any other sound to attract your attention.
for photo identification before letting in anyone you
don't know. Check out the identification with the
company or agency if you are suspicious.
let a stranger enter your home to use the telephone.
Offer to make the call yourself in an emergency.
give your name or whereabouts on your answering
machine message. Never say you aren't home.
leave your home keys on a chain with your vehicle keys
when you use valet parking. Also, don't leave your
garage door opener where it is easily accessible. Keep
your vehicle registration, proof of insurance, and any
other papers with your home address on them where a
criminal is not likely to find them.
give maids, babysitters, valets, or others working in
your home access to your home keys.
the police at 9-1-1 if you are at home and hear or see
something suspicious. Don't take direct action
yourself. An officer will be dispatched to your
address even if you cannot speak or hang up.
go in or call out if you return home and suspect
someone has broken into your home, e.g., if a window
or screen is broken, a door is ajar, or a strange
vehicle is parked in the driveway. Go to a neighbor's
home and call the police.
discuss your finances or possessions with strangers.
valuable papers, jewelry, etc. in a bank safe deposit
box. Don't store them at home unless you have a
security closet or a safe that is well hidden and
cannot be removed.