- Access how difficult it is to break into your home. If you can break in, so can a burglar.
- Replace exterior hollow-core doors (which are easily kicked in) with solid doors.
- Make sure doors have appropriate locks. Install proper dead bolts on all exterior doors. Keep doors locked at all times.
- Check all windows, making sure they are equipped with appropriate locks and keep them locked. (If keyed locks are used, keys should be easily accessible in case of fire.)
- Sliding doors may need additional locks to prevent the doors from being lifted from their tracks and opened.
- Trim shrubs and bushes around your home so that they do not provide good cover for an intruder.
- The exterior of your home should be well lighted at night.
- Make your home look occupied: pickup newspapers, deliveries and mow the lawn so that intruders don't think they have found an easy target.
- Keep your garage door closed. Additional locks such as cane bolts and hasps provide excellent protection. Lock any door leading from the garage to the house.
- Use your SDG Security System! Place security stickers on windows and doors: burglars are less likely to target homes with security systems and signs.