Don't Become a Crime Victim in Your Own Home

Lock your doors and secure your windows at all times. If you fear locking yourself out of the house, wear a key on a chain or ribbon around your neck when you are gardening or working outside.

Install exterior motion sensor lights and light timers on interior lamps.

Keep shrubs and tree limbs trimmed so that they don't obscure your line of sight from inside your house. Shrubs should be no higher than 3 feet; limbs no lower than 7 feet.

Display your house address prominently - on the curb or front of the house - so that, in an emergency, rescue personnel can find the house quickly.

If your front door has a viewing window, keep it covered so that visitors can't see in. If it lacks a window, install a peephole at a height that is comfortable for you.

Don't put your name on the mailbox or by the front door. Con artists use such information to pretend they know you or a spouse.

If you come home to find that your house has been broken into, go to a safe place and call 911. Do not enter the house until police have checked it out.

Use only a first initial in the phone book or apartment mailboxes.

Carefully review phone bills, credit card and bank statements for accuracy.

If your Driver's License Number is the same as your Social Security number, have it changed to a different number.

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