Protect Your Mail
Mail theft is a growing problem, since unsecured mailboxes are easy targets. One sure way to keep thieves from stealing your mail—checks, credit card offers, personal information—is to use a security mailbox. Once the mail is dropped in, you need a key to open the box. Locking Wall Mailbox is one manufacturer. Just screw it to the wall or post as you would a standard mailbox.
Put Motion Detector Lighting Anywhere
Put motion detector lighting anywhere. Motion detector lights are a proven crime deterrent, and standard hard-wired models cost as little as $15. If running a power supply would be difficult, buy ones that run on solar power. The downside is the cost. A Heath Zenith model shown here (the SL-7001) costs $80 ().
Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, and Kentucky; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs ; and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job. An anonymous home security system installer in Louisville, Kentucky.; David DeMille, a security expert with , a home security website; Chad Laurans, CEO of ; Sgt. Tim Downes, a sergeant who specializes in burglaries in Clearwater Florida.; and Joseph Kuhns, PH.d. professor of criminal justice at UNC Charlotte who has surveyed convicted burglars