1. Know your neighbors – Your neighbors will be your first line of defense when you’re not home, being able to monitor suspicious people in your yard and alerting you and law enforcement if someone is attempting to break into your home.
2. Social media posts – Posting travel plans or checking in to places on the internet tells the world that no one is going to be home for a certain amount of time.
3. Fortify your home – Just locking your doors and windows is not good enough. Today’s burglaries usually involve some sort of forced entry. Securing your windows, doors and sliding glass doors with 3M Security Window Film or Crimsafe Security Screens is a great way to protect your home, valuables and family.
4. Video surveillance and alarm systems – We recommend that this is done AFTER you have fortified your house. An alarm or video cameras will not prevent someone from going into your house but can be used as another layer of security after you have made it as difficult as possible for people to get in.
5. See something, say something – If you see suspicious people, vehicles or activity in your neighborhood, alert law enforcement. This can be something as simple as a vehicle that has been driving around your neighborhood that does not seem to belong or unknown people knocking or doors in your neighborhood. Don’t be afraid to contact law enforcement when you see suspicious activity. You know better that anyone else if something does not look right where you live.
6. Keep your valuables secured – If you’re the victim of a burglary you want to make it as hard as possible for someone to get your valuables out of your house. Keeping jewelry and guns in a QUALITY gun safe that is bolted to the floor is the best way to minimize your loss in the event that you are a victim. Please don’t keep guns under the bed in the master bedroom or closet as this is the first place criminals look.
7. Lock doors and windows – This seems like a no-brainer, however routinely check that doors and windows are locked. You never know when a household member might have opened a window and forgot to lock it up. This is especially important if you have people doing work in your house such as maids or repair technicians.