What do a shovel, crowbar, rake, brick, ladder and hammer have in common, besides being items that are commonly left lying around in one’s yard? They are the most likely tools a burglar will use when breaking into your property. We as home and business owners are often unwitting accomplices to our own break-ins.

Look around your home and business and identify possible threats, such as faulty or rusted burglar proofing or windows without any at all. Trees or bushes around your property give intruders a place to hide, so make sure there are as few as possible near your entrances.