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Don't wait until you're burglarized or suffer a home invasion to check out the home security and safety advice in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Burglar's mindset
- Exterior lights
- Newspaper and mail suspension
- Light, TV, and radio timers
- Home safe or safety deposit box
Think like a burglar
Think like a burglar: Walk around the outside of your home, looking for ways you could break in. A burglar's main criterion when choosing a home is that they can get in quickly without being seen. See if any expensive items are visible through a window. Secure your home by plugging up any security holes you find.
Shine a light on crime
Install lights near entry points and put them on a timer, or consider installing motion-sensitive ones. A burglar won't feel secure in a spotlight.
Don't announce your absence
Don't announce your absence. Suspend newspaper and mail delivery; don't talk about your vacation on social-networking sites; put lights, TVs, and radios on variable timers; arrange for someone to shovel if it snows or mow the lawn if you'll be on vacation more than two weeks; ask a neighbor to put a garbage can at your curb on trash days.
Burglar-proof your garage
If you have an automatic garage door opener, lock your garage manually from the inside and disengage the electronic device before you go on vacation; it will prevent burglars from using a decoder to open the door.
Lock your shed
If you have a garden shed, lock it up. Burglars like to borrow ladders and tools to break into houses.
Lock up valuables in a home safe that can be bolted to the floor, or in a safe deposit box. Include any documents that could lead to identity theft. Now go enjoy your vacation, secure in the knowledge that you've done everything possible to prevent a break-in.