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- Lock up your home, even if you go out only for a short time. Many burglars enter through an unlocked door or window.
- Change all the locks and tumblers when you move into a new house.
- Change the locks immediately if you lose your keys.
- Use timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you're away. The appearance of an occupied home deters burglars.
- Install lighting activated by motion detectors in dark areas around the exterior of your home.
- Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed away from doors and windows. These landscaping items may shield a burglar's activities.
- Use only your initial and last name in the telephone directory and on your mailbox.
- Put a metal bar in the bottom track of your glass patio doors to keep them from openning.
- Keep your garage door closed and locked.
- Always take your keys out of your car and lock it - even when in your garage.
- Install a peephole in the door joining the interior of your home and garage.
- All exterior doors should be solid core or metal.
- Get to know your neighbors. Establishing good, trusting relationships and watching each other's homes can deter crime.
- If planning to travel: arrange for your mail/newspapers to be held or picked up by a friend, have someone continue the seasonal yard work and periodically check the exterior and interior of your home. This last tip not only deters thieves, but could also save you from costly home repairs if something malfunctions.
- Don't leave valuables in view inside your car.
- Park in well-lit, high visibility areas.
- Stay alert at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and people.
- Have your keys in hand before leaving the building.
- Don't turn your back completely to load items/children into your car. If taking children or planning to purchase several items or large items, arrange to have someone go with you.
- Look around your vehicle before approaching it. If you see a suspicious person, quickly return to the building and contact security/police.
- Research your destination. In this case, knowledge is power. The more confidence you have about knowing the area, the less you'll be considered a target.
- Check in immediately at your hotel. Leave your luggage there before heading out to the sites.
- Use the hotel's safe when you're going out. Store copies of your passport, transportation schedule, etc. there in case you lose yours.
- Put your money in a money belt or in your socks. Don't carry all of your cash and credit cards in your wallet due to possible pick pockets.