Do you feel safe in your home? For many, a burglary may make them lose all sense of security, and the feeling might be hard to shake. It is much better if you put in the time and effort to make sure that you never end up in that situation in the first place.

Your front door is the most common entry point for burglars. It is well worth it to invest in a solid core wood or steel door, since those are harder to break through, but the door is only as good as the frame it is installed in. Make sure you have a quality deadlock bolt and that the door has a sturdy frame that will not break when kicked. Don’t have any windows that are close enough to the door that a burglar could reach in and unlock the door.

When you are gone for a long period of time, leave some lights on, if possible on a timer. That way your home will seem to be inhabited.

If you choose to hide a key on your property, don’t leave it in any obvious or visible locations.