- Don't have people at your home who are shady or who you don't completely trust. A number of burglaries are undertaken by friends or friends of friends. Never let salespeople into your home, and unless you have a compelling reason to do so, don't open your door for anyone.
- When you are in your home, keep the doors and windows locked. I live in a semi-rural area and I can't believe how many people leave their doors unlocked (I always knock before going into people's homes, unless I have a key and we are close friends). If you go outside for the mail or get something from the car, lock your door behind you.
- Don't worry about your power bill: leave a radio or television going, on a station where there are mostly talk shows when you aren't going to be home. If you can connect this to a timer, even better. Also leave your porch lights on (at night) or get motion-detecting lights.
- Keep your drapes or blinds closed all of the time. Day or night. You have lights inside your house... use them.
- IMO, don't have any mail, packages, or a newspaper delivered to your home. The easiest way to spot that somebody isn't there is to see a buildup of newspapers or an overflowing mailbox (if you don't have a group mailbox). Always get a PO box at the PO.
- If you buy something expensive, don't throw the box away the same day or even at your home. Always take it somewhere else and dump it.
- Buy a dog. This will prevent 90% of burglaries. A dog barking will scare a burglar, notify you of a possible intruder and may alert neighbors that your home is being broken into. Have a GOOD friend come by and care for the dog in your absence. Never take your dog on trips with you.
- Replace (or bug your landlord to replace) any faulty locks, doors, or windows. As soon as possible. DO NOT WAIT.
- ALWAYS use licensed or bonded contractors when you have repairs to do in your home. Never use day laborers (most people who do day work, do so because they can't get regular jobs. Why? Because they have criminal records). If you need something done outside of your home, I would still suggest paying extra and getting bonded professionals. Unfortunately, if they have to go to the bathroom either offer to escort them to it or tell them NO. They might be upset, but who cares? They can drive to a nearby store or bar and return.
- Leave your home at random times. This includes walking your dog and when you go out to check your mail. Additionally, when you need to be at work or at an appointment, leave at different times. If people are never certain when you are home, most are leery to attempt a break-in.
I have been working on the road for the last six years, I have worked jobs years before that where I have been gone up to 18 hours a day, and I travel for pleasure a great deal. I have NEVER been burglarized. This may be "luck"... but it's also I believe it has been good planning on my part