Whether you’re headed out for the evening or a vacation, make it look like you never left. Use these tips for safeguarding your home from break-ins.
1. Trick them with timing. Use automatic timers to turn inside and porch lights on and off at appropriate times. Connect a timer to a television or radio as well.
2. Get rid of the evidence. Put your newspaper and mail delivery on hold, and have a friend or trusted neighbor pick up circulars while checking on your home.
3. Slow them down. Research shows that a burglar will move on if it takes more than four to five minutes to break in to a home. Install metal or solid wood doors with deadbolt locks. Make sure windows, sliding glass doors and garage doors are securely locked.