Burglary Prevention

A home burglary occurs every 12 seconds. The losses and strong feelings of violation and vulnerability that follow can be devastating. By taking preventive steps and developing the right habits, you can reduce your chances of becoming a target.

Securing your home begins right at your front door! Make sure you have sturdy locks and that every family member is in the habit of locking the door. Even when you're working in the yard, keep doors locked. A burglar can be in and out of your home in just a few minutes. Don't give burglars any place to hide - keep shrubs trimmed and use outdoor lighting around your home.

If you arrive home and it appears that your home has been broken into, do not go inside - call the police immediately. If you hear a burglar at night, stay in bed and pretend to be asleep. Most often a burglar will want to take valuables and leave unnoticed.

If you're away on vacation or for a business trip, be sure to keep jewelry and other small valuables in a safe deposit box. Have a friend or neighbor collect your newspapers and mail, and arrange to have your lawn mowed or snow shoveled. Never leave a note on the door that indicates your absence. Leave window shades and blinds in normal positions, and use timers on both indoor and outdoor lights. Making your home look lived in while you're away will make it less of a target to intruders.