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How to Protect Your Valuables From Burglars

Keep your possessions safe from thieves with these tips.


  • 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.
  • TIP: Eliminate outside hinges on doors to reduce ease of entry for burglars. Place bolts or wooden dowels in the tracks of exterior sliding 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.
  • TIP: Give a neighbor or family member the house key. Do not hide the key outside the home.
  • 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.
  • FACT: Most residential burglaries happen during daytime hours when residents are at work or otherwise out and about.

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)

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