4 Highest reward
4 Lowest risk
4 Least amount of effort
• smaller numbers are committed at night
• often entries are in daytime or mid afternoon
• burglars can work with an accomplice
Criminals shy away from...
Homes that had an illusion of occupancy
• proper maintenance of property
• lights on timers
• flyers / mail picked up
• homes with dogs
• vehicle in the driveway
Emphasis on Home Security
“A home is only as secure as its
4 Don’t tell anyone you have a safe!
4 Safes should not be visible from
4 Anchor the safe to the floor (preferably in
4 Do not keep valuables in garage
4 Install a motion sensor light near the
garage door (main and side doors)
4 Lock inside house entry door and be
mindful of vehicle pin pad
4 apply film or bars to any window in garage
What thieves are looking for
Global positioning system
Any other small items of value
Alarms should be considered as a secondary
measure of crime prevention. They should be used
to complement good physical security techniques.
4Buy a good quality alarm system and
make sure it is installed by a
4Know the exit and entry delay of the
4Make sure alarm is audible and wires
Good lighting is one of the easiest,
cheapest and most effective measures
to avoid break and enters after dark:
4 Find an appropriate place to mount lights (ie out
of reach so criminals can’t unscrew the bulbs)
4 Keep your house well lit after dark.
4 Exterior lights for the front and side should remain
on all night.
4 Motion detector lights are useful for the rear of
4 Trim trees and shrubs that can conceal
or shadow doors and windows.
4 Keep landscaping open and short
enough to offer no hiding places.
4 Choose shrubs that will mature at
heights below the windows and choose
thorny plants that will discourage
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