Theft Prevention Tips

Here are some simple steps you can take to minimize your chances of becoming a victim to theft.

When traveling, suspend newspaper delivery and have your mail held at the post office.

Ensure your exterior doors are solid wood, fiberglass, or steel.

Keep doors and windows locked at all times--even when you’re home.

Don’t advertise your upcoming vacation on social networking sites.

Install motion sensor lights on the interior and exterior of your home.

Store important valuables in a floor or wall safe.

When you put out the trash, don’t leave boxes from recent purchases in plain sight.

When moving to a new home or apartment, change the locks and install a quality deadbolt lock.

An alarm system is an excellent theft deterrent--when installed, remember to prominently display your alarm security system decals. A monitored home alarm system may also earn you a discount on your homeowners insurance policy.

Consider starting or joining a neighborhood watch program.

Always keep your garage door down when unattended.

When leaving town, unplug your garage door opener and lock the door leading from the garage to your home.