Do not hide extra house keys under a doormat or in other obvious spots.
Engrave your valuables with a unique identification number recommended by the police. Check with local senior citizen centers for available services. Keep bonds, stock certificates, seldom-worn jewelry, and stamp and coin collections in a safe deposit box.
Get to know your neighbors and keep their telephone numbers handy for emergencies.
If you live alone, do not advertise it. Use only your first and middle initials in telephone books, directories, and apartment lobbies.
Install a viewer in your door, and use it.
Make your home appear occupied when you go out by using a timer to turn on lights and a radio.
Never let repair or sales persons into your home without checking their identification. Call their company to verify identity if you are not sure.
Protect windows and sliding glass doors with good locks or other security devices.
Use deadbolt locks on all exterior doors. Keep your doors locked at all times, even when you are inside.
Work out a buddy system with a friend to check on each other daily.