The best locks, lighting, and alarms that money can buy won't protect your home if you don't use them conscientiously. Like buckling your car's seat belt or looking both ways before you cross a street, effective home security depends on developing habits that become second nature for each member of your family.

 

Know your Neighbors

Crime prevention specialists wholeheartedly agree that tightly knit neighborhood-neighbors looking out for each other- is the single greatest deterrent to crimes against people and property. Elderly neighbors home during the day, night owls, moms keeping an eye on the neighborhood children, even the kids themselves, notice something amiss.

When something threatens the peace or makes you suspicious, you needn't take any personal risks. Instead, simply pick up the phone and call 911, and then decide whether or not you should notify your neighbors.

Of course, to do this effectively, you need to be acquainted with your neighbors, and they with you. Knowing each other's work schedules, home and business phone numbers, children's names, and the vehicles most often in the area can help everyone spot a crime in progress- or about to happen- and maybe enable police to catch a miscreant in the act.

Neighborhood Crime-Stoppers

You can promote old-fashioned neighborliness informally, or you and your neighbors can sponsor a formal organization with the help of your local police or sheriff's department. They'll send a crime prevention officer to meet with your group, offer tips on home and neighborhood security, tell you how to best protect yourselves, and how to help police capture suspects.

Identify Your Belongings

Marking your valuables with an identifying name or number that can be traced back to you serves two purposes: It tells a thief that the items will be difficult or even impossible to fence; and if the property is recovered, police can return it to you.

According to police estimates, if people marked their property, the amount recovered would double and so would the number of arrests for theft.

You can identify your belongings in one of two ways- with a pen that has ink visible only under ultraviolet light, and with an engraver you can check out from your police department.

It always better to be safe then sorry!!