Crime Deterrence Tips to Secure Your Home

Crime Deterrence Tips to Secure Your Home


  • Make sure garage door is locked or secured.
  • Make sure basement doors and windows are locked.
  • Secure sliding glass doors.
  • Use timers on interior lights to go on at dusk and off at bedtime.
  • Use motion sensors on exterior lights.
  • Continue mail and newspaper delivery. Your pet sitter can bring them inside.
  • Don’t discuss travel plans or absences from home in public places.
  • Mow the lawn before you leave and arrange for exterior maintenance (lawn mowing, snow shoveling) as necessary during your absence from home.
  • Put bicycles, outdoor toys, lawn furniture and garden tools away as they can easily be stolen.
  • Ask your pet sitter to adjust blinds or draperies and alter the lighting in your home.
  • Place valuables in a safety deposit box and maintain an up to date list (along with photographs) of your possessions.
  • Notify police or alarm system of your absence and ask them to periodically check your home. Be sure and tell them a pet sitter will be visiting!
  • Advise gate security that a pet sitter will be visiting your home and authorize entry.
  • Inform your neighbors of your absence and use of a pet sitter.
  • If you have an alarm system, use it! If not, consider purchasing decals that say the home is protected by an alarm system and offer a reward for information on the theft of the home.
  • Spotting the decal posted on a window or door may deter a burglar.
  • Place a “Beware of Dog” sign on your property in a visible location. Whether you have a dog or not, this sign may deter a burglar. If you do have a dog, you have an automatic alarm.
  • Borrow an engraver from your local police or sheriff’s department. Use it to write your driver’s license number and province/state on valuable property (television, stereo, etc.).