2. Always remember to remove flyers from your doorstep.
Never let flyers or menus build up on your doorstep — you risk appearing like you’re on vacation. And if you are on vacation, have your neighbor pick them up for you. Burglars sometimes case a home by planting a flyer and checking to see if someone picks it up.
3. Put bumper stickers on your car.
Anything that makes your car more easily identifiable is a good deterrent. And remember to keep it messy if you can.
4. Keep your landscaping neat and trimmed.
Eliminate any potential places for burglars and intruders to lurk. Be sure to keep large bushes and shrubs away from windows.
5. Buy light timers for your indoor and outdoor lights.
Use fluorescent bulbs to keep energy costs down.
6. Pretend like you’re saying good-bye to someone inside when you leave your home.
If someone’s watching you, they’ll be fooled into thinking someone is still home.
7. Don’t leave your electronics boxes out on the curb.
Drive them to the recycling plant yourself, or cut them up into smaller pieces and conceal them in your recycling or trash bins.
8. Don’t leave a ladder just hanging out in your backyard.
Most burglars don’t BYOL. So don’t make their jobs easier by supplying them with an easy way to get into your bedroom.
9. Make sure that your mirrors don’t reflect your home alarm.
Burglars might be able to see if your alarm is unarmed, so make sure you examine your mirrors from all outside angles.
10. Mow your lawn!
People will wonder if you’ve gone on vacation if you let your grass grow too high.
11. Don’t leave status updates broadcasting that you’re away.
13. If you go out of town, have a neighbor leave tracks in the snow.
Untouched, virgin snow is a surefire way to let burglars know that no one’s home.