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  • Keep doors locked at all times
  • Do not hide door keys outside of your home
  • If door keys have been lost, change the locks or re-key immediately
  • Avoid giving your house keys to anyone other than family members or trusted friends
  • Be sure the exterior of your home is well-lit at night
  • Instruct children never to answer a doorbell or a knock at the door
  • Put curtains or blinds on all windows and keep them closed at night
  • Install solid wood or metal doors equipped with good deadbolt locks
  • Move exterior door hinges to the interior or install non-removable hinge pins
  • Install a wide-angel peephole for a full view outside the door
  • Do not leave clubs or night spots with strangers or invite them to your apartment or home
  • When moving into a house or apartment, change or re-key all locks
  • Know the neighbors you can trust in an emergency
  • When returning home, have your keys ready and enter the house as quickly as possible
  • Use your initials rather than your first name in the phone book and on your mailbox
  • If you hear a prowler inside your house, get out of the house, if possible, exit through a back door or window to avoid any confrontation with the prowler
  • If you sense that something is not right, do not go into your home or apartment, call the police
  • If a stranger asks to use your phone, get the information and place the call for the requestor, do not allow any stranger into your home
  • Never let it be known that you are home alone
  • Avoid going out alone at night

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