- Always confirm identification before letting sales or service people into your home.
- Avoid leaving large amounts of cash in your home.
- Refuse to give personal details to telephone surveyors.
- Mark your possessions for easy identification.
- Keep a list of all valuables, along with their serial numbers and pictures/videos (a hard copy and maybe an additional stored on a flash drive).
- Firearms are stored unloaded and locked in storage boxes and secured with trigger guard locks?
- Trim your trees and shrubs around your home for best visibility.
- Install lighting that illuminates dark areas around the house, garage or yard where someone could hide.
- Leave your front and back porch lights on at night, or use a motion detecting light that dims.
- Install additional motion-sensing lights installed around the house exterior in peripheral zones.
- Lock away ladders and tools out of sight.
- Make sure your exterior doors a minimum of 1 ¾” thick, and made of solid material to prevent easy forced entry.
- Secure all exterior doors with a deadbolt lock with a throw bolt at least 1” long, including the garage.
- Keep a spare keys with a trusted neighbor, not under a doormat or planter, etc.
- Secure door leading from the attached garage to the house with one made of solid wood or metal clad and protected with a quality lock or deadbolt.
- Avoid peepholes that allow easy surveillance from outside into your home.
- Keep windows securely locked at ground level.
- Install a locking mechanism for sliding glass doors.
- Lock all doors when away, even if for a few minutes.
- Keep two lights with set timers to come on after dark, and turn off in a logical sequence.
- Put a radio or television on timer to mimic someone being home.
- Suspend newspaper and mail deliveries while you are away.
- Leave a house key and a contact telephone number with someone you trust.
- Arrange to have someone pick up mail and circulars on a regular basis.
- Make sure your garden/lawn are maintained while you're away.
[Information and graphic courtesy of Owatonna Police Dept.]