1. Consider purchasing a DropCam ($175) and you need a wireless router. They only work inside; however, can be directed to look outside.
2. Consider purchasing a Mailbox that locks to secure mail. Lowes and Home Depot sell for $75-$125. Also, be careful about putting outgoing mail in your mail box. Instead drop at local mail station.
3. We have big dogs, yes, but no one can see them from our fences or the street. However, we do have signs on our gate that says ” I can make it to the fence in 2.8 seconds, can you?” And the sign shows the bread of our dogs. They’re no Chihuahuas…or mini poodles. They’re the nicest dogs, BUT the people that are roaming our neighborhood don’t know this…they don’t get it. They think they’re so dangerous. They get scared when they see the signs, I betcha…so what I would love to say to everyone is: get signs that show that you have BIF ‘nasty’ dogs, even if you don’t…the burglars/intruders are no smarter than that. They will stay off your property.
4. If nobody will be home during the day, leave a TV or radio on in a couple of rooms in your house. Don’t make it blaring, just loud enough to be heard from the front door and one bedroom. This is also a good idea when you are staying at a hotel/motel.
5. Think about getting timers for your porch lights. Timers that replace wall switches are pretty easy to install and program. Also, if you are going to be gone at night or out of town, get plug in timers for a room or two in the house. Maybe a bedroom that faces the street and one in the back.
6. Seriously consider an alarm system. You can probably get one installed for $800-$1000 and your monthly charges will depend on your monitoring options. I pay $36 per month for monitoring and a radio lease. The radio is a good idea as it will transmit to the alarm company even if the phone line has been cut. It would be inappropriate for me to advocate a security company here, but I have been with the same folks for 30 years and have been very happy with them. I would be happy to provide company name, contact person, and phone number if you contact me directly (Brian Mosely).
7. I would never suggest confronting any suspicious individuals, but nothing wrong with letting them know they are being watched. One of the most important things we can do is watch out for each other!
8. If you have more than one vehicle, leave one out from time to time, both night and day.