Get fake valuables
Remember how we said that placing fake valuables in a locked drawer could help? Well, here’s another story of how this could work. The OP’s cousin lived in a particularly bad neighborhood where burglaries were common. She went to a local thrift store, picked up a jewelry box and fake jewelry, and placed it in an easy-to-spot area.
She also left a few bucks in there, so a burglar would feel like he achieved something after fleeing with the contents. While this can potentially save your important belongings from getting stolen, there’s no guarantee that your home won’t be targeted a second time.