Avoid being a victim -
10 steps toward a safer home

  1. Access how difficult it is to break into your home. If you can break in, so can a burglar.

  2. Replace exterior hollow-core doors (which are easily kicked in) with solid doors.

  3. Make sure doors have appropriate locks. Install proper dead bolts on all exterior doors. Keep doors locked at all times.

  4. 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.)

  5. Sliding doors may need additional locks to prevent the doors from being lifted from their tracks and opened.

  6. Trim shrubs and bushes around your home so that they do not provide good cover for an intruder.

  7. The exterior of your home should be well lighted at night.

  8. Make your home look occupied: pickup newspapers, deliveries and mow the lawn so that intruders don't think they have found an easy target.

  9. 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.

  10. Use your SDG Security System! Place security stickers on windows and doors: burglars are less likely to target homes with security systems and signs.