- Step 1: Get a dog Get a dog. Even small dogs will bark and create noise that a burglar will want to avoid.
- TIP: Sleep with your car keys next to your bed. If you hear someone trying to break in, hit the car alarm button.
- Step 2: Install motion detectors Install motion detector lights outside of your home.
- TIP: Lock your doors and windows when leaving home, and make sure your curtains and blinds are shut.
- Step 3: Install security system Install a security system that suits your needs and budget.
- Step 4: Install strong doors Install strong doors and make sure they are properly mounted with the hinges inside.
- Step 5: Install impact-resistant glass Install impact-resistant glass on all doors and windows.
- TIP: If impact-resistant glass is out of your price range, a wooden dowel will keep windows from being pried open.
- Step 6: Be a good neighbor Maintain good relationships with your neighbors and ask them to pick up newspapers and flyers when you are away.
- Step 7: Use your police department resources Use resources available at your police department, such as information on burglary prevention and advice about what to do in your neighborhood.
- FACT: Did you know? Burglars spend no more than four to five minutes trying to break into a residence.
You Will Need
- A dog
- Motion detector lights
- A security system
- Strong doors
- Impact-resistant doors and windows
- A wooden dowel