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  • Dead-bolts on every exterior door - 1 inch throw, vertical or horizontal are acceptable. Use extra-long screws to anchor the strike plate into the frame (2 or 3 inches if you have enough frame)
  • Re-key a new house or apartment when moving in.
  • Secure sliding doors with commercially available locks and wood dowel in the track. Drilling a hole through first frame to second and inserting a nail.
  • Lock double-hung windows by sliding a bolt or nail through a hole drilled at a downward angle from the first frame to the second.
  • Don't hide keys in a mail box, planters or under door mats, etc. Give the key to a trusted neighbor.
  • Outside doors should be solid 1 3/4 inch metal or hard wood.
  • Doors should fit tightly in their frames and hinges should be on the inside.
  • Install a peephole or wide-angle viewer. A short chain does not work.
  • Use operation identification.
  • Teach children safety rules about answering the door and the phone, and how to get out if there is a fire.
  • Shrubbery should be pruned and trees trimmed back to prevent entry into second floors.
  • All porches, entrances and yards should be well-lighted.
  • Keep ladders and tools inside your garage or basement when not using them.
  • When you go away, put lights and a radio on timers. Leave curtains and shades in normal positions.
  • If you go out in the evening, turn on lights and a radio.
  • Be suspicious of people coming to your home by mistake. Frequently this is the M.O. used to determine if someone is at home.
  • Name should not be on the mailbox.
  • Draw drapes or blinds.
  • Practice with your family:
    • You hear an unusual noise in the middle of the night, like breaking glass or someone moving around.
    • You wake up and someone is in the room going through your jewelry.
    • You find a door ajar, a screen slit, or a window broken when you come home to an empty house. Call the police before entry into your home!
  • Get to know your neighbors and discuss your concerns about safety. Become involved in neighborhood watch.
  • Exchange work and vacation schedules with a neighbor you trust. Keep an eye on each others homes. Put your neighbor's telephone numbers in your cell phone.
  • Check your neighborhood for things that might contribute to crime like poor street lighting, overgrown shrubbery, litter and boarded-up buildings.
  • Gun safety:
    • Store your weapon in a gun safe
    • Gun locks available at most are police departments.
  • Serial Numbers: record the serial numbers for your electronics, tools, bicycles, and yard equipment.
  • Keep garages closed - even when you are home and outside.
  • Lock your vehicles when parked outside - even if you are leaving soon.
  • Never leave valuables in your vehicle (lap tops, CD cases, briefcases, purses).
  • Keep your car keys next to your bed. If you hear an intruder, activate your car alarm. That will alert neighbors and likely frighten off anyone in the home or outside (even if your vehicle is in the garage).