There are many ways to help protect your home and your neighborhood from crime. From simple steps like keeping your doors locked to starting a Neighborhood Watch program, there are many of things you can do to help prevent crime.

Here are some basic safety tips to remember when thinking about your own home:

Glass is most vulnerable to attack, but many burglars are reluctant to break windows because they’re visible from the street or from neighboring dwellings. Windows hidden from view must be securely protected.

Basement windows should be secured to prevent forcing. Window locks should not be vulnerable if the glass is broken.

Sliding glass doors can be secured with a Charley bar, pinning, or with simple locks.

Solid Core hardwood doors with rugged frames that cannot spread apart with a pry bar are recommended.

Quality deadbolt locks with a minimum one-inch throw are recommended. These locks should be mounted so no one can open the door after breaking a window. Mounting the lock low on the door or can sometimes eliminate this problem.

Garage doors should be secured to eliminate a burglar's access to tools that could help them break into your house. Also, a garage is a place for an intruder to hide. Lock the door from your garage into your home. An overhead door doesn’t guarantee privacy and security.

Lighting is the #1 deterrent of crime. Burglars don’t want to be seen breaking the law. Flood lights at exterior doors and by garage doors are recommended.  Motion detection lights and dusk-until-dawn lights are also great tools. Use timers on interior light and TV’s when not at home.

Your house number should be clearly displayed and well lit at night for law enforcement and emergency vehicles to see.  Adding reflective house numbers to the side and front of your mailbox are also helpful tools for emergency personnel responding to your home.

Bushes should not exceed 2 feet in height or width and trees should be trimmed at least 6 feet off the ground to eliminate natural hiding places.