Home Security Tips: The Well-Protected Home

A former thief shares home security tips to avoid a home burglary incident, including installing a burglar alarm, areas to protect around the house and other burglar-proof methods.

| May/June 1988

Burglary safety tips

These easy, inexpensive precautions will deter most would-be thieves.


A former thief shares home security tips to help you secure your home from burglary. 

Home Security Tips: The Well-Protected Home

There's no way to absolutely burglar-proof your home, but these easy, inexpensive precautions will deter most would-be thieves.

Don't display your name on your mailbox or door. It could give a thief easy access to your telephone number.

Do keep window-side shrubs trimmed to two or three feet. There's no point in growing easy hiding places near your home.

Do make sure there's sufficient light outside your home, on all sides. Floodlights are the best bet.

Don't simply leave all lights on when you're gone—a dead giveaway. Do invest in a timer to turn on lights, have a neighbor do it at intervals, or leave one light on in the kitchen and one in a room that can't be scanned from outside.

4/18/2014 11:07:04 AM

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