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Personal Protection Guide
Use and maintain adequate outside lighting (front, rear, and sides).
Keep shrubs trimmed away from house.
Outside doors should be solid wood or metal.
Have good deadbolt locks on all outside doors.
Have a peep hole on doors - especially front doors.
Use bars and other items to secure and reinforce glass doors and windows.
Don't hide keys outside.
Have smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in several areas of the house.
Have escape ladders for all 2nd floor rooms.
Have an alarm system or watchdog to help deter criminals.
Secure outside fuse boxes, utility switches and valves.
Have a safe room with a solid door and lock, phone and radio (rooms without windows such as bathrooms are best).
Keep emergency numbers posted by the phone, and program into speed dial (not necessary for
When away from home for more than a day, do the following:
Use timers for lights, TVs, and radio.
Stop delivery of mail, newspapers, etc.
Tell a trusted neighbor or the police that you will be away.
Don't leave notes on the door.
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