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When at Home Alone

  • Keep doors and windows locked even when you are at home.
  • Check who is at the door before opening it, and do not open the door to an unexpected visitor.
  • If someone comes to your door asking to use the phone to call a mechanic or the police, keep the door locked and make the call yourself.
  • Ask for photo identification and credentials from any sales-person who requests entry to your home. Ask that their ID be pushed under the door. Many professional burglars use this cover to check out
  • homes. If you're doubtful, check with the person's office before letting him or her in.
  • If you return home and you suspect forced entry, DON'T GO IN! Call the police to help you check the house.
  • Dogs are good deterrents to burglars. Burglars do not like to have attention drawn. Be aware that trained guard dogs do not make good pets.

When You Are Away
  • Lock up your home, even if you go out only for a short time. Many burglars just walk in through an unlocked door or window.
  • Your house should appear occupied at all times. Use timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you're not at home.
  • Before turning your house key over to a professional house cleaner for several hours, check all references thoroughly. Call your local Better Business Bureau to check on the firm's reputation.
  • Don't leave notes for service people or family members on the outside of the door. These act as a welcome mat for a burglar.
  • Burglers always look for signs that a house is uninhabited. Adjust your telephone ring to its lowest volume. An unanswered phone is a quick tip that your home is empty.
  • If your plans to be away from home have been publicized through facebook, twitter or word of mouth, hire a house sitter. Burglars often read social media to see who's planning to be away from home.
  • Ask your neighbors to use your garbage cans when you're on vacation so your absence won't be so evident.

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