GPS Can Lead a Criminal to Your Home

Don't Be Lazy
Don't give in to complacency. It just takes a moment to lock that door and set that alarm. Many burglaries aren't solved because victims don't do the simple things it takes to protect their homes, themselves and their families. You'll never know the catastrophe you prevent by doing these simple things.

Tips for Your Car
Let's start with your car. If your GPS has a key lock, use it. If it doesn't, don't list your home as "home." Instead, call your address "ice cream store" or "supermarket." That way, a thief can't find out where you live.

Tips for Your Home
If you carry a garage door opener, don't leave it out for a thief to see. Lock it in your glove box or throw it in your bag.

At home, lock all doors. A State Farm survey found that less than half of their customers lock their front door at all times, and a third leave their back doors unlocked.

Just like the Perdues, 22 percent of people have left their inside garage doors unlocked, the survey found. It may be more convenient to leave the door in the garage open when you're coming back from the grocery store, but leaving a door unlocked is an invitation to a thief to come on in.

The convenience just isn't worth the possibility of walking in on a burglar.

In the same way, always arm your alarm when you leave the house. That's why you have it. Use it.

Nearly 30 percent of homeowners leave a hide-a-key outside their homes, even under a doormat. If you feel you have to do it, then don't leave it in your garage. Get one that's stone-shaped and put it in your garden in the middle of a number of rocks. No thief will take the time to turn over all the rocks in your garden.

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