• Be alert when returning home by having your key ready as you approach the door; in addition, if you think someone is inside, don’t go in! Call the police from a nearby phone.
  • If possible, equip your house or apartment door with a peephole and dead bolt lock with a one-inch bolt.
  • Never open your door to strangers. Request identification from all repair or service personnel, and verify the identity before letting them in, especially if you have not called for repairs.
  • Use outside lighting whenever possible.
  • Never hide your door key in a flowerpot or under a mat. In fact, don't hide your door key anywhere outside your residence.
  • Make certain your door is locked whenever you leave, even if only for a short time.
  • When you are away, inform a trusted neighbor of your travel plans. Have them collect mail and other deliveries. Leave shades in their normal positions. If possible, two or more lights on a timer. Use them daily, not just when you're away.