Tip #1: Case the joint.

Walk around your home with the eyes of a criminal. Look for weaknesses–sliding doors that could be taken off the track, glass that could be broken to gain entry or even a window that doesn’t close properly.Take a walk around the outside  of your house looking into windows and opened doors as well and note what expensive items are in view, tempting the criminals.

Tip #2: Lock the door.

Install deadbolts on all doors; double cylinders are best, since they require a key on both sides of the door, and it prevents criminals from breaking a pane of glass, reaching around, and unlocking the door. And remember to lock the door leading from the garage to the house, even if the garage door is down. (It’s easy to manipulate.)

Tip #3: Don’t hide a key.

you decide it’s a good idea to hide one under the doormat or one of those fake rocks. That’s the worst idea ever. Get rid of that idea right now, and pretend you never even considered it. Give a spare key to a neighbour instead.

Tip #4: Secure windows and sliding doors.

Many sliding doors can be popped off the frame, even when locked. Prevent this by placing a strong steel bar or two-by-four in the back groove, which prevents the door from sliding along the groove and opening. You can do the same with windows: Install a nail in the frame to prevent the window from opening more than a few inches.

Tip #5: Be modest.

Prevent your home from being a target by tucking away expensive items. Keep both the car and the bike into the garage. After purchasing a new piece of expensive equipment, dispose of the box directly instead of leaving it next to your trash can–which lets would-be criminals know you have something new. Consider keeping expensive jewelry and your mattress full of cash somewhere safer, like a safe deposit box.

Tip #6: Create the illusion you’re always home.

The majority of burglaries take place when people aren’t home, particularly during the day, while the victims are at work. Deter criminals by creating the impression that you’re always home: Leave on lights, the radio, or the television. And if you’re going on vacation for awhile, don’t advertise your absence. Arrange for someone to pick up the mail, newspapers, mow the lawn and set out trash cans regularly.

Tip #7: Secure the area surrounding your house.

Secure the yard: Trim bushes and trees to discourage criminals from using them as hiding places. Avoid planting low shrubs in front of windows; you may even consider planting thorny shrubs for an added deterrent. And be sure to add lighting outside your home.

Tip #8: Get to know the neighbours.

Tight-knit communities suffer fewer burglaries because people look out for each other and strangers stick out. If your neighborhood doesn’t already have a Neighborhood Watch Program, consider starting one and getting your local security company involved