How to Reduce Residential Burglary

To prevent your home from becoming burglarized, there are several steps you can take to deter burglars or make it difficult for them to break into your home. You can alter the appearance of the outside of your home or hide valuables in secure locations inside your home to prevent burglars from stealing your personal property. Continue reading to learn how you can set up your residential home to prevent burglary.


  • Perform routine tasks and clean up the outside your property on a regular basis to show you are occupying your home.
  • Install timed lights or leave a radio or television playing if you are traveling or will be absent from your home for long periods of time
  • Lock all your doors, windows, garages, and sheds when you leave your home to make it difficult for burglars to enter without attracting the attention of others.
  • Make your doors and windows visible to the neighborhood and to the street.
  • Store your valuables away from windows or doors where they can easily be seen from the outside.
  • Hide or destroy any outside trash that may advertise your personal belongings to the rest of your neighborhood.
  • Leave spare house keys with trusted friends, family, or neighbors instead of placing them outside on your property.
  • Park your vehicles inside a closed garage if you have one to make it difficult for burglars to determine if you are home or not.
  • Install a home alarm system to deter burglars and to alarm authorities if there is a break-in.
  • Stray away from routine schedules to make it more difficult for burglars to predict when you will be absent from your home.
  • Only use fully shielded neighbor-friendly lighting that is equipped with motion or infrared detectors
  • Alter your outside landscaping to make it difficult for burglars to navigate your property without being seen or heard.
  • Do not use forms of social media on the Internet to tell people when you are going on vacation or performing routine tasks such as visiting the gym or going grocery shopping.
  • Do not leave a personalized answering machine greeting telling callers when you are traveling or on vacation because burglars may call you to see if you are home before coming over.