How to Protect Your Valuables From Burglars

Keep your possessions safe from thieves with these tips.

You will need

  • Motion detector lights
  • Locks
  • A locksmith
  • A security alarm system
  • A safety deposit box or home safe
  • An engraving pen
  • A trusted neighbor
  • Bolts or wooden dowels (optional)

Step 1 Eliminate burglar hiding places Clear bushes and shrubs near your house, except for those with thorns. Install motion detector lighting near doors and windows.

Step 2 Secure all locks Secure locks on windows and doors. Hire a locksmith to install additional locks on windows and deadbolt locks on doors.

Step 3 Install security alarm system Install a security alarm system.

Step 4 Secure valuables Secure valuables by renting a bank safety deposit box or installing a quality home safe.

Step 5 Mark valuables with engraving pen Mark valuables with an engraving pen. Use a unique and safe identifier like a driver’s license number.

Step 6 Ask trusted neighbor for help When you’re out of town ask a neighbor to pick up mail and newspapers; shovel snow or mow grass; and put garbage cans out and back in on collection day.

Step 7 Take common sense precautions Don’t tell strangers about your daily routines or valuables in your home. Position all valuables away from windows.