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Lower your chances of being burglarized

- Know your neighbors. Call 911 if you see anything at all suspicious, including a stranger going from door to door. Police want you to report any suspicious activity.

- Lock your home and car doors. Buy strong doors and windows.

- Many burglars will leave and go to the next house if your house is hard to get into or looks occupied.

- Cut your grass, pick up daily newspapers.

- Keep a dog.

- Clear shrubbery away from the house and get motion-sensor lights outside.

- Have an alarm and a new, unfaded sticker on windows saying "Alarm."

- Stop mail deliveries when you go away.

SOURCES: City of ColumbiaPolice Department; Richland and Lexington Sheriffs Departments

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