Make sure your home is fully secure by:
Changing all the locks when you buy a new home;
Adding dead-bolt locks and window locks where necessary;
Checking the locks on patio doors – You can get a security bar to lock the sliding door. Consider replacing patio doors with garden doors.
Getting a security system – Your property insurance rate may be lower if you have one;
Using outdoor lighting – You can get motion-sensor lights that come on when someone walks up to the house;
Using automatic timers for lights and radios when you are away from home;
Arranging to have your mail and newspapers picked up or discontinued when you are on holidays. This way, people won't be able to tell that you are not home;
Getting to know your neighbours and keep a lookout for each other.