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Helpful Tips

Home Security

  • Make sure you have sturdy, metal or solid wood ​doors at all entries into your home, and that sliding glass and similar doors are properly secured.
  • Install and use well-made deadbolt locks (1 1/2 inch throw or greater) on all exterior doors.
  • Make sure all exterior doors have wide-angle viewers that can be used by everyone in the house. Install two viewers at different heights if necessary.
  • Light up entry doors so that you can tell who’s there. Motion detector lights, flood lights, or similar lighting can help brighten up the property.
  • Trim the shrubbery around your doors and windows so crooks don’t have a place to hide.
  • Instead of hiding keys around the exterior of your house, give a key to a neighbor you trust.
  • Consider an alarm. They can be a good investment, especially if you have valuables in your home.
  • Just in case, keep an inventory of your property handy should you ever have to report any of your property stolen. 

Vehicle Safety

  • Always lock the doors and take the keys when you leave the car, even if you’ll be gone for “Just a Minute.” As many as one in five stolen cars have the keys in its ignition.
  • Make sure someone knows where you’re going and when you plan to be back.
  • Approach your car with your door key already in hand. If anyone nearby makes you nervous, leave and get help.
  • Lock up the doors as you buckle up your safety belt. Keep windows rolled up.
  • Is someone following you? If you think so, head for the nearest busy brightly lighted area. 
  • Write down the license number, make and model of the car. Call 911 on your cell if you have one, or get to a convenience store or gas station personnel to help you.
  • Car Disabled? Pull over to the side of the road, put on your flashers, and put out flares or reflective markers if you have them. Tie a light-colored cloth to your antenna or door handle. Stay with your car. Use a cell phone to call for help. If a stranger offers to help, ask him or her to call police to assist you.

Online Safety

More info coming soon. 

Identity Theft Prevention

More info coming soon. 

Recover your lost mobile device.

More info coming soon. 

Home Assessment Inventory

We can help you with a security assessment. Free of Charge! We can point out areas of your home which could use improvement such as:

  • Security Windows
  • Lighting
  • Exterior Landscaping
  • Door & Locks
  • ...and more!


Create an inventory of the valuable items. Taking a complete inventory of your home can seem like an overwhelming task. Here are some tips on conducting a home inventory:


  • Don't try to inventory all at once, break it down, room by room
  • Categorize items in each room
  • Start with smaller items, the bigger items are harder to miss
  • Use an app (which backs up to your mobile cloud account). Apps allow home owners to notate all necessary descriptions and information as well as allows taking a photo of the item being inventoried. Many home inventory apps are available in the iOS and Google Play stores. 
  • Use our free (download, print, & complete) form to inventory your property

Inventory Form

Download the Home Inventory Form to keep a record of your property. 

Inventory Form (pdf)

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