HOW TO AVOID A BREAK-IN 6. Jun 2012 Reed Security Trade Shows Installing a security system will decrease the odds of having a break-in by nearly 400%. There are a few more things you can do to keep the odds in your favor. 1. Use common sense.If you lose a key, get the locks changed.Ask all strangers for identification.DO NOT advertise on FaceBook that you are on vacationNever hide an extra key outdoor - especially underneath a mat or on top of a light fixture. This is the first place the bad guys look. Leave an extra house key with a friend or a neighbor.2. Make it difficult.Door chains are easy to bypass. Install deadbolts.Install a stopper or stick on all sliding doors and windows.Install window bars on all basement windows.Install exterior motion lights.3. Break-in's occur when you are away.Make sure all doors and windows are properly locked.Keep your premises well lit at night. Install timers that turn lights on at different times. This gives the appearance that someone is home.If you are going on holidays, have someone look after things such as collecting your mail and newspapers and cutting your lawn.Advise our Rapid Response Monitoring Station you will be away.4. In case you do have a break-in:If it looks like a door or window was forced open, do not go inside. The Burglar may still be on site. Call the Police from your cellular phone or from a neighbor's house and wait.For insurance purposes, photograph or videotape the contents of your home. Keep all receipts in a safe and easy to find location.Write down the model and serial number of all electronics.If you didn't already have a security system, now is the time to install one. A second break-in is possible after the insurance company replaces your original goods.