Purchase the highest level security that your budget will allow.
High level security is recommended by the Police Department and Insurance Companies.
Use the best quality locks to secure gates leading to your fire escape.
Turn off the telephone ringer when you are away from home for an extended period. An unanswered telephone signals to intruders that no one is home.
Install a 180-degree peephole so that you can inspect your hallway without opening your door.
Ask to see the identity of someone claiming to be from the utility or telephone company. A genuine worker will be pleased that you asked and will give you their card. Inspect the card carefully before allowing them to enter your home.