Don’t keep anything in your vehicles. Take out your gym bag, GPS unit, Laptop computers, and any other item that can be removed, out. By doing this you greatly decrease your chance of becoming a victim.
Always lock your vehicles and make sure the windows are rolled up even in the garage. I know it is tempting to crack your window one inch during the summer for ventilation but this gives the criminal away to grab your window and force it down.
When shopping DO NOT leave your purse in the vehicle.
DO NOT leave your purse in your shopping cart unattended and even when loading your groceries into your vehicle. When you get to your vehicle the first thing you should do is unlock the vehicle and put your purse inside. Lock your vehicle while you load your groceries into the trunk. It is important to remember to keep your keys with you.
Write down all Serial Numbers and descriptions to items and keep them in a safe place. (Not on your Computer) Take pictures of the items as well as writing down the serial numbers and store them on an external hard drive and put it into a safe or safety deposit box. This hard driver could also contain a copy of family photos and be kept safe.
Take pictures of your jewelry and write down a description of the item. (The picture will greatly increase your chances of getting the item back)
Get to know your neighbors and the vehicles they drive. If you see a vehicle or a person who doesn’t belong on your street call the Police Department.
Keep all doors and windows closed and securely locked (see #2.) An open window or door is an open invitation for burglars. Thieves are also quick to spot weak locks that may be easily forced open. Doors should have deadbolt locks with a 1″ throw and reinforced strike plate with 3″ screws holding it in place. All windows should have window locks. And, remember to keep that door to your attached garage locked at all times! Always completely shut your garage door every time. Never leave it open a foot or two at the bottom for air circulation!
Secure sliding glass doors. Place a metal rod or piece of wood in the track and be sure to install vertical bolts in the frame to help prevent burglars from forcing the door open or lifting it out of its track, while allowing an opening of about 8 inches for air to circulate.
Create an illusion that you are home by using timers on several lights, radios, and/or TVs, making your residence appear occupied, even when it isn’t, will definitely deter criminals
Keep the perimeter of your home well lighted. Low voltage outdoor lights cost very little to run all night and they will discourage intruders.
Never leave clues that you are away on a trip. Have a trusted neighbor collect mail or put a vacation hold on your mail at the Post Office and stop the newspaper delivery while you are away. Try asking a neighbor to park their car or truck in your driveway or parking space to make it appear that you are home. (Post Office Vacation Hold can be done at http://www.usps.com/ or call 1-800-275-8777)
Keep some window shades up, some blinds open a bit, and a curtain or two open to maintain a more normal everyday appearance to your home.
Never leave a message on your telephone answering machine telling people that you are away from home on a vacation, or that you’ll return in a few days or a week,… “so please leave a message”, etc. Very dangerous!
Keep shrubbery trimmed away from entrances and walkways. Large, ornamental hedges may be beautiful, but they provide a hiding place for burglars who need only a minute to break in through a window or door.
Organize a community watch program to protect your neighborhood. It’s easy to do, it’s interesting, and it stops crime. An alert community is a safe community.