Property crime has likely affected us all at one point or another. Whether you have been the victim of a theft from your vehicle or a burglary, it can be costly. There are things you can do, however, to help prevent yourself from being a victim.
Burglary Prevention Tips
- Keep your house locked up, including the windows.
- Use deadbolts on all outside doors, including the door from the garage to the living area.
- Use quality steel or solid wood doors for exterior doors.
- Don’t leave valuables in plain site through the windows.
- Consider leaving your TV on when you are away. A burglar is much less likely to go into your house if they think someone is home.
- If you are going to be gone at night, leave a light on.
- Make sure the exterior of your home is lit up with outside lighting.
- Talk to your neighbors. Ask them to keep an eye on your house and property and to call the police if they notice anything suspicious. Consider starting a block watch program in your neighborhood.
- Consider a home alarm system.
B&E Prevention Tips
- Keep your shed locked.
- Use a deadbolt on the door. If you use a padlock, make sure to use a heavy duty padlock.
- Use quality steel or wood doors.
- If you are going to be gone at night, leave a light on in and around the house.
- Make sure the exterior of your shed is lit up with outside lighting.
- Talk to your neighbors. Ask them to keep an eye on your house and property and to call the police if they notice anything suspicious.
- Consider a home alarm system that covers your shed area.
Theft From Vehicle Prevention Tips
- Try to park in a well-lit area, whether on the street or in your driveway.
- Do not leave any valuables in the car, especially in plain site. This includes GPS units, purses, electronic devices, etc.
- Lock your car. While it’s possible a thief will break your window to get in, it’s less likely if they don’t see any valuables inside.
- If you decide to leave your car unlocked, limit the amount of personal belongings inside or, better yet, don’t leave any personal belongings inside, including change, vehicle title, etc.
- Talk to your neighbors. Ask them to keep an eye on your vehicle and property and to call the police if they notice anything suspicious.