Replace or re-key locks when you move into a new home or apartment. Install a door viewer and a 1-inch deadbolt lock and use them!
Require all strangers to show identification. If you haven't called a repairman, don't let one inside. Leave them waiting outside while you call the company they say they represent to verify the reason why they are in your area.
Don't let a stranger inside your home to use a phone; offer to make the call for them.
Never admit that you or a neighbor is home alone! For women living alone: use initials only on mailboxes and in telephone listings.
If you receive an obscene phone call, don't react - hang up!
When going out for the evening, turn on lights, a radio, or television to make your home or apartment appear occupied.
If you plan to be out of town for a few days, purchase an automatic timer for lights and have a trusted neighbor watch your home and pick up your mail and newspapers.
Avoid shopping alone. Use the buddy system whenever possible.
Shop before dark and park in well-lighted areas.
Do not keep packages in plain view in your vehicle or home.
Do not count cash in open areas, especially after leaving an ATM machine.
Keep your address and home number private. When stores request a phone number, give only your work number.
After making a credit card purchase, request the carbon copy and destroy it in private.
Have your keys in your hand before returning to your vehicle.
On the Computer
Shop only from well-established and reputable companies. Avoid auctions sites if you do not feel comfortable bidding.
Before you give your credit card information, take note of the icons that indicate that security software is in place to secure your purchase.
Print out and date a copy of all terms, conditions, warranties, item description, company information and confirming e-mails. Save this information as a record of your purchase.
Avoid computer viruses and unwanted access to your information by not accepting email from people you do not know.