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Place wooden dowels, pipes, or other substitutes in the tracks of all sliding glass doors and windows so as to limit movement. This will make it more difficult for a burglar to tilt the doors or windows and enter your home.
Place highly visible decals near all likely points of entry to inform would - be burglars that the property is protected by a burglar alarm system.
Place a highly visible security alarm sign in the front of your home to inform would - be criminals that the property is protected by a security alarm system.
Always install peepholes in exterior doors so that the doors do not have to be opened in order to identify who is at the door. Never place complete reliance on a door chain as they are often easy to break.
Establish a Neighborhood Watch for your community. Place appropriate signs to inform would - be burglars that your neighbors are looking out for each other.
Always arrange to have newspapers and mail removed when you will not be home. Burglars often select homes where there is an accumulation of newspapers and / or mail.
Never leave notes for family members or service providers on your front door or other visible location. Burglars will know you are not home.
Instead of placing an extra entry key under a door mat, on a ledge, under a rock, or other common location, consider wrapping a key in aluminum foil and then burying it where the gardener will not discover it.
If someone comes to your front door asking to use the phone to call the police or anyone else, keep the door locked and make the call yourself.
When you are not home, make your home appear lived in by installing a series of timers that will automatically turn on and off lights and other electronic equipment such as televisions.
When hiring domestic help through an agency, you should insist that the agency complete a criminal background check and provide you with fingerprints of your prospective employee.
Create the impression that someone is home by parking a vehicle in your parking area when you are not at home.
When you return home, have your keys prepared for immediate entry.
When you are going to be away from home for a long period of time, adjust your telephone ring to its lowest volume. An unanswered phone is a clear signal that your home is empty.
Never record a message on your home telephone answering machine indicating where you are or when you expect to return. Don't make it easy on a burglar.
Professional burglars often monthly check local newspapers for wedding and funeral announcements in order to determine which homes will be vacant. Consider taking extra precautionary steps if you or your family makes such an announcement.
If you are moving into a home with an old security alarm system, obtain a free security analysis from CoastSecurityServices.com in order to determine if an upgrade is needed and how much money we can save you on monthly monitoring services.


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