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  1. Hiding your home key under an entrance doormat because most burglars would check there first.
  1. Hiding keys anywhere else outside. Rather than that, consider giving your spare key to a neighbor if you are going to be away for a while.
  1. Leaving a Ladder accessible to burglars. Keep all windows locked from inside and ladders secure in a garage or locked shed.
  1. Using basic main entry doors and locks. Locks that are complicated and take a longer time to pick would discourage burglars.
  1. Providing too much coverage in your garden. You could be ambushed by burglars hiding behind large bushes, trees and other objects. Ensure you have a clear view of your entire garden.
  1. Poor external lighting. Burglars can easily blend into poorly lit areas and surprise you. Consider installing motion sensor lights outdoors.
  1. Leaving valuable items near the window. This is one of the oldest tricks burglars use. Keep portable valuable like laptops and phones away from the window.
  1. Leaving all the lights off while away. This is always a dead giveaway. Consider installing lights with timers instead so it give the impression someone is home.

Remember, when it comes to your home, you can never be too careful.