How can I make myself less likely to be victim of theft?
Here are 8 Tips that may reduce your chance of theft:
1) Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed to no more than waist high so thieves can’t easily hide.
2) Hide valuables in uncommon locations, such as the refrigerator or in a ceiling. Under a bed, in a medicine cabinet, night stand or dresser are particularly vulnerable locations.
3) When you will be away for an extended period of time, hire a house sitter or join a local neighbor watch.
4) If possible, pack your car inside your garage so your being away is not common knowledge.
5) Keep alert for odd activity in your neighborhood. If a car repeatedly stops in front drives around the block or stops in front of a neighborhood home, write down the license plate number.
6) If you are a witness to a crime, report it. Thieves often “work a neighborhood.”
7) Do not leave valuable possessions in your car overnight.
8) Do not leave valuable items – briefcases, electronics, etc – within easy reach of a door. Often thieves will kick open a locked door and “grab and go” whatever articles you have close at hand.
Remember – if you want to be serious about reducing your chances of theft or burglary, let common sense prevail and follow the above 8 simple steps.