Do not put your last name on your mailbox, as potential intruders could then look up your phone number and call to see if you’re home. Strangers should know as little personal information about you as possible.
Consider installing motion-sensing lights in dark areas around your home where potential intruders may not normally be detected by you or your neighbors.
Avoid hiding a spare key outside - especially under the welcome mat or nearby rock. Instead, exchange spare keys with a trusted neighbor.
Trim bushes and hedges near the windows and doors of your home for optimal vision and security. Overgrown brush gives potential intruders a convenient hiding place while attempting to break in.
Have a trusted neighbor collect your mail and newspaper while you’re out of town. Having stacks of unread mail on your front porch will indicate to potential intruders that you are not home.
Continue having your yard maintained while you’re gone, as an overgrown or unkempt lawn might attract unwanted visitors.
Ask neighbors to take turns parking in your driveway at varying times until you return so your home looks occupied.