One evening I received a call from a young couple in Spanish Springs who was concerned someone has attempted to break into their home through their backyard. When I arrived I analyzed what they were doing to keep the exterior of their home safe. They had a “beware dog” sign on the fence and no lock on their gate leading into their backyard. The back door leading to the garage also did not have a deadbolt. I informed them that burglars will drive through neighborhoods and look to see which homes do not have padlocks on their fences and gates. They were pleased to learn some of the facts that deter criminals and burglars from targeting homes.