You probably don't like to think about
crime, especially when it comes to your own home and neighborhood. But
no matter where you live, your income or your lifestyle, crime is a fact
of life. That doesn't mean you're defenseless, though. Put the following
tips into action
along with a United Alarm's Home Security system and
your home and neighborhood will be safer and more secure.
Leave your outside lights on at night. If your neighborhood is dimly
lit, ask your municipal authorities to add streetlights or replace
existing bulbs with ones of higher wattage. Leave one or two lamps on
inside your house when you're not at home.
Reliable dead-bolt door locks and sturdy window latches help prevent
Trim the hedges
Tall hedges provide hiding places for would-be burglars. Keep yours
trimmed so that they're no higher than your windowsills.
Peepholes with magnifying lenses let you see who's at your door -
without opening it.
Never leave notes on your door, even when you're at home.
Make your mark
Permanently mark your valuables to make it easier for the police to
return them to you if they are stolen. Social Security numbers and
driver's license numbers with a state abbreviation work best. Keep a
record of marked objects.
Tune the stereo or TV to your favorite station when you leave the house.
To a burglar it means that someone's home.
Don't provide access
Close and lock garage doors to protect valuables stored there and to
prevent access to your house.
Park in the driveway
Park an additional car in your driveway or ask a neighbor to park there.
It gives the appearance that someone's always home and prevents burglars
from backing a van into the drive for easy loading.
Be careful with spare keys
If you leave a spare key outside, be creative. Burglars routinely check
under flowerpots and welcome mats and on window ledges.
Have your home watched while you're away
Ask a neighbor to collect newspapers and mail when you're away. If
you'll be gone for an extended period, hire someone to take care of your
lawn or even to housesit. Most important, make sure your neighbors know
when you will leave and when you will return.
Team up with your neighbors and form a crime watch program. Your local
police can help you get started.
Install a United Alarm's Home Security system
United Alarm's systems are easy to use and provide you with an added
sense of safety - without limiting your freedom while you're at home.
Contact your local police or your neighborhood watch group for more