Top 10 Tips for making your home burglar-proof

1. Locks: Your first line of defence. Install high security deadbolts.
2. Keys: Rekeyed when you move into a home.
3. Doors: Make sure exterior doors are of solid-core construction.
4. Windows: Should have auxiliary locks or a wood dowel in the bottom track to prevent prying.
5. Security system: Install a hard-wired system with good coverage.
6. Indoor Illusion of security: Make the home look occupied at all time. Use timers that randomly turn lights and radio on and off and turn the station to talk radio rather than music.
7. Outdoor illusion of security: Buy a big pair of boots-a size 12 and leave them on the stoop. You can also place a large dog dish and dog leash outside the door to create the illusion that a big person and a big dog live there.
8. Grounds:Install outdoor lights at the entrance and place motion-sensor lights around the perimeter of the home.
9. Garage:Install auxiliary locks on garage windows as well as the wood dowel in the bottom track and anti-lift shims in the top track. Never leave the remote garage door opener in your vehicle-buy a mini remote and keep it on your key chain.
10. Join a Block Watch Program: Get to know your neighbors and their habits. Detecting something suspicious can be the first step towards foiling a crime. Your neighbors can be your first line of defence.

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