Protecting your home from burglars is a necessity as your home is your most important investment — not only for monetary reasons but to keep your family warm and safe. Protect your family and property by deterring burglars.
Get a dog. Most potential criminals will avoid houses with dogs of at least a medium size.
Install motion-sensor lights. Good places for these include by your garage, by any entrance to your house, in the back yard, and on your driveways.
Keep bushes and trees near your home trimmed so burglars can't hide in them.
Always lock your doors with the deadbolt, especially those that go at least 1 inch into the door itself. If you can, install doors with no windows or sidelights so a burglar cannot just break the glass and reach in to unlock the door.
Use a timer to turn on a light or even your TV to make it appear someone is there.
Ask a neighbor or a friend to collect your mail and newspapers while you're out of town. A pile of either signals you're not home.
Tell your neighbors to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity around your home while you're away. You can also contact your local police station and request that they do a drive-by past your house once a day to make sure everything is OK.
Never leave boxes for big-ticket items such as TVs on your curb or in front of your home.