Burglars look for occupancy cues like outdoor lights burning 24 hours a day, piled up newspapers, mail, or advertising flyers hanging on the door knob. Use an inexpensive light timer when you are away and ask a neighbor to pick up your newspapers and mail. If you go out for the evening, turn on lights and a radio or television so the house appears to be occupied. Burglars know to look for the hidden door key near the front entrance. Don’t hide spare keys under rocks, in flowerpots, or above door ledges. Instead give the spare key to a trusted neighbor. Burglars prefer to enter through unlocked doors or windows.
A holiday problem can occur when exterior Christmas light extension cords are run inside through a window and prevent it from being secured. Don’t post your family name on your mailbox or on you house. A burglar can call directory assistance to get your telephone number and call your home while in front of your house to confirm that you are out. UPS deliveries are often stolen. Try to be home for deliveries.