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If you're locked out of your home, can you still get in through an unlocked window in the back, or by using an extra key hidden under a flowerpot or up on a ledge?

If you can break in, so can a burglar! A small investment of time and money can make your home more secure and can reduce your chances of being a victim of burglary, assault, or vandalism.

Use the following tips to help secure your home:

Check the Doors:

To discourage burglars from selecting your home as their target of opportunity, make sure to:

Check the Outside:

What about alarms?

If you have valuables in your home, such as art, coin or stamp collections, furs, or fine jewelry, or if you live in an isolated area, you may want to consider an alarm system.

Before you invest in an alarm, check with several companies and decide what level of security fits your needs. Make sure to check their references and use an established company. And lastly, learn how to use your system properly. If you continually set off false alarms, your neighbors will ignore the noise; and you could even be fined by the police department.

Additional Tips:

Burglars generally don't want to run into their victims. But if they're surprised by someone coming home, or if they pick an occupied home, someone may get hurt. If you see a screen that has been cut, a broken window, or a door that's been left open, don't go in! Call the police from a neighbor's house or a public phone.

If you do hear a noise that sounds like someone breaking in or moving around, quietly call the police and wait calmly until they arrive. If you can leave safely, do so. Otherwise, lock yourself in a room or, if the intruder enters the room you are in, pretend to be asleep.