The following is from the Dakota County Emergency Management Team.
Remove fall-related objects that might allow access to your home. For example, ladders for cleaning leaves out of gutters can be used to enter a window or scale a fence.
Don’t post Thanksgiving travel plans on Facebook or Twitter letting people know that you will be out of town.
Turn your telephone ringer down so no one outside can hear repeated rings; and review your answering machine message to make sure it does not imply that you are away.
Make sure to have all mail, newspapers, and deliveries stopped or picked up by a neighbor, friend or relative.
Never leave a key hidden outside. Burglars know all the best hiding places.
Secure all windows, including those upstairs and reduce the chance of easy entry by cutting tree limbs away from second-story windows.
Use timers to operate lights.