There are many things that a person may do in order to keep his home and possessions safe, and here are some practical things that will aid you in doing that.
Plant very few trees and shrubs in your yard.
Having large plants in your yard can provide cover for a thief. So less less is better in this case.
Install movement sensor lights outside.
Having these lights outside will help you know when someone is walking outside your yard at night, and may prevent a break in.
Have a fence with a locked gate.
Although potential burglars may be able to climb the fence in your yard, if you build it tall enough to make it hard to climb, it will help prevent some burglars from entering your yard.
Install home security systems that have loud alarms.
If you install loud alarms, you and potentially your neighbors, will be able to hear when there is an intruder, and call the police.
Have a solid door with a strong lock.
If the main entrance to your house is not equipped to keep thieves out, then other security systems are useless. Make sure that your doors and locks are solid and strong enough to keep people out.
Do not keep valuables in sight.
In order to keep valuables safe, store them in a locked safe, in a hidden location.
Do not let letters/newspapers pile up outside your house.
If you know that you will be going on vacation, ask a trusted neighbor or friend to collect your mail for you. Pile ups of mail may indicate to a thief that no one is home.
Leave a spare key with a trusted neighbor, instead of outside somewhere.
Many thieves look for spare keys hidden outside, leaving it with a neighbor will ensure that there are no keys to be potentially found by a thief.
Get a 24 hour home security system.
This is by far one of the best things you can do when planning to protect your home. Be sure to do your research though, in order to hire a legitimate security company who will help keep you safe. Studies show that homes that do not have a home security system are 3 times more likely to be broken into, compared to homes that do have a home security system. Home security can cost as low as 14.99 per month (after initial setup), and is worth the cost.
Practicing these things will help keep your home safe. Especially if you live in cities such as Seattle, Detroit, Oakland, Atlanta, or other large cities.
During 2010-2011, 2422,400 households were broken into at least once, and 722,800 households were affected by property damage. Be sure that you have done everything you can to protect your household. Take the proper precautions to keep your family and property safe.