General Security Tips for Homeowners

  • If homeowners keep their homes from looking like easy targets—they will be safer. Use these tips to make your home and property more secure:
  • Use a timer that turns a living room light on at dusk—especially if you are going to be away.
  • Leave a radio on low when leaving home, even for short time.
  • Always close and lock garage doors and windows.
  • Secure automatic garage door openers out of sight.
  • Pretend you are the burglar…go outside and plan how to get in to see where you need to install locks on all doors and windows.
  • Lock up all ladders and tools a burglar could use to gain entry.
  • Trim landscaping near doors and windows to avoid concealment or climbing platforms for an intruder.
  • Light all entrances and consider “vandal-proof” fixtures.
  • Keep grass cut, leaves raked, snow shoveled, etc., to indicate a well cared for and occupied home.
  • Empty your mailbox or have someone empty it for you.
  • Install new locks when moving into an apartment or previously owned home.
  • Keep extra keys in a safe place; never hide a key outside.
  • Do not keep valuable items near windows with open drapes.
  • Never leave a note on the door saying why you are not at home.
  • Never leave doors or windows unlocked when leaving home.
  • Only put your last name on your nameplate or mailbox.
  • Get to know your neighbors in order to watch each other’s homes.
  • Be alert for unusual activities.  If you see unfamiliar persons loitering around a neighbor’s yard, check their identity with your neighbor by phone; or call Taylor Police.
  • Be careful about admitting strangers.  Identification of a salesperson, public utilities and repair personnel must be checked before opening the door.
  •  Install a wide-angle door viewer if visibility of callers is impossible.  Partially opening the door with a door chain is too risky.
  • When returning home, be mindful of anything unusual with your residence.  If you suspect a break-in, do not enter—call Taylor Police.

Source:  American Crime Prevention Institute