- Always ask for identification and be cautious of anyone asking you to open your door (be particularly careful of those who come to the door acting as utility company employees, law enforcement personnel and salesmen). - Never rely on a chain latch as a barrier to a partially opened door.
- Install deadbolt locks.
- Use four 3" screws (not drywall screws) to secure heavy-duty lock strike plates.
- Keep doors and windows locked even when you are at home.
- Keep shades or drapes drawn after dark. - Relinquish only your car key when your car is in for service or at parking lots/garages.
- If you see someone outside your home who looks suspicious, contact the police and ask them to investigate.
- Install solid core doors, heavy duty locks, and window security devices
- Lock all doors, windows, and garages at all times
- Use the door peephole BEFORE opening the door
- Use your porch light to help you to see clearly
- Never rely on a chain-latch as a barrier to partially open the door
- Never open the door to strangers or solicitors
- Call the police if the stranger acts suspicious
- Alert your neighbors to suspicious solicitors
- Hold a family meeting to discuss home security plans
- Set the perimeter alarm at night, if you have one