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UMake sure every external door has a sturdy dead bolt lock.



Published: Sun, November 11, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



UMake sure every external door has a sturdy dead bolt lock.

USecure all sliding doors.

ULock double-hung windows with key locks.

USecure basement windows with grills or grates.

UPrune back shrubbery so it doesn't hide doors or windows.

UCut back tree limbs that a thief could use to climb into a window.

UUse timers that will turn lights on and off in different areas.

ULeave shades, blinds and curtains in normal positions.

UInstead of hiding spare keys, give an extra key to a neighbor you trust.

UDon't let mail pile up.

UNever leave an answering machine message that indicates you may be away from home.

UMake a list of valuables. Take photos of them and write down serial numbers and descriptions.

UInstall an alarm, or use a less-expensive option like a motion-sensing light.

Source: National Crime Prevention Council




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