Lock doors at night and anytime your home is left unoccupied.
All exterior doors should be solid core/steel and have deadbolt locks.
Provide lighting in outside areas that might conceal prowlers.
Trim shrubbery to prevent a break-in from going unnoticed.
Provide a peephole in solid doors. Put one at child’s eye view too.
Keep valuables in a safe deposit box.
Provide window stops to restrict openings.
Keep emergency numbers handy.
Have mail and paper deliveries picked up by a trusted neighbor or Block Watch Captain during vacations and absences. Also, a hold/stop delivery request can be placed through the USPS at Mail Hold and the Milwaukee Journal at Milwaukee Journal hold or call them at 414-224-2222 or 800-759-6397
Enlist the neighborhood to keep trash picked up.
Make sure grass is mowed.
Use light timers at all times, including times of absence.
Be sure the garage is locked.
Vacation plans should never be publicized or told to unknown persons.
Do not leave notes on doors referring to planned return times.
Do not leave suitcases where passersby can see that a departure is planned.
Be sure to have a trusted neighbor check the house periodically.
Engrave identification markings to all portable hard goods.
Be sure to lock car doors and keep keys in possession of owner.
Report suspicious person or vehicles to the authorities promptly.
Request identification of unfamiliar meter readers, etc.
Do not automatically open a door when the doorbell rings.
If you have an alarm system, use it often, even when you are home.