How to Prevent a Break-In Part 2

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How to Prevent a Break-In Part 2

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Here are some more ways to “crime-proof” your house, whether you’re away for the day or on a trip.

  1. Lock your mailbox. Don’t fall victim to identity theft while you’re away. Burglars can easily access info such as your phone number, account numbers, and social security numbers simply by opening your mail.
  2. Give spare keys to your neighbor. Burglars know the usual hiding places for spare keys – fake rocks, flower pots, above doors, under doormats, etc. Leave your spare set with a neighbor or friend. If you’d rather leave them at home, make sure you choose an inconspicuous hiding spot.
  3. Join the community watch group. A great way to stay involved with what’s happening in your neighborhood is by joining a neighborhood watch group. Here, you’ll learn how to look out for one another. If you don’t have one, consider starting one.
  4. Maintain your lawn. Sure, having tall trees and/or shrubbery around your house may seem like a great way to stay private, but it’s the perfect hiding spot for burglars. Trim back your greenery to where windows and doors can be seen from the street.
  5. Be cautious with your trash. If you throw away credit cards, cut them up first. Shred all important/sensitive documents you no longer have use for, such as account statements. If you go shopping for a television or a computer, break down the boxes and trash them somewhere else. Burglars often watch houses and if they see the box of what appears to be an expensive item, they’ll be intrigued as to what else is inside your home.
  6. Reconsider the core of your doors. The safest option is a door with a solid core instead of a hollow one. Metal screen doors and hurricane doors offer extra protection, as many now come with shatter-proof/break-proof glass.

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