Reduce harm by preparing yourself with a plan. Carefully examine your property and identify the areas that could be entry points for an intruder and see what you can do to secure that location. Take a friend or roommate and stand in the dark areas that could provide cover for a suspicious person and be cognizant of those areas. Locate a safe area or hiding place for yourself that you can call the police from the moment you know that something is wrong. Create you own individual plan and tailor it to your needs and ask your local police agency to stop by and help you develop a strategy to ensure your safety and well being.