Identifying Valuables & Maintaining Your Home
Maintaining your home is an important aspect in preventing burglary. At the same time, it’s smart to plan ahead in case your valuables do get stolen.
To do this, you want to:
Write your last name somewhere on valuables so that they can be identified if stolen. If space allows, add your state abbreviation and driver’s license number, assuming it is different from your Social Security number. If it is not, request a new license with an unique number.
Take detailed pictures of items, especially those you can't write on.
Keep an updated record of your valuables. This record might include model, type, serial number, fair market value, and proof of purchase, to name a few considerations.
Replace broken windows, locks, and doors as soon as possible.
Fix broken fences and locks as soon as possible.
Keep loose rocks away from the property to avoid vandalism and break-ins.
Keep your home in good condition. Mow the lawn, rake the leaves, clean litter, etc., to indicate that your home is lived in and not being neglected.
Make sure that your house number is clearly visible from the street so that police can find your home easily.