Don’t give updates on social media
sergey-causelove/Shutterstock Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page (and stay away from these posts, too, while you’re at it). It’s easier than you think to look up your address.
Close your windows when you’re not home
Lock your windows. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.
Remember to lock your door
Dmitri-Ma/Shutterstock If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in. (Speaking of crime, you won’t believe how unlucky these criminals were.)
Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, and Kentucky; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs crimedoctor.com; 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.