We all want to believe it won’t happen to us. But a surprisingly high number of home burglaries happen in broad daylight. It doesn’t matter how safe your neighborhood is, you can never be 100% sure that your home is secure, even with a home alarm system. However, with a bit of knowledge, and by adding a few extra steps to your routine, you will drastically decrease the chance of your home being targeted by a home invader.
This is at the top of many lists on how to avoid home burglary, and for good reason. When possible, if you are out, leave the lights on. Arrange to have someone pick up your mail or take care of your lawn. If you can, set your electronics or lights on a timer to go off at intervals, or consider motion sensor lights. Do everything you can to make it difficult for a person who doesn’t know you to know whether you are home or not.
If you have a window that slides open and closed, it is surprisingly easy for a burglar to gain access. Fortunately though, the solution is just as simple: cut a 1 x 1 inch piece of wood to fit the height of your window, and remember to keep these bars in the window before you leave the house.
Investing in smash-proof windows is another option. Burglaries are a crime of opportunity. Statistics show that most burglars spend 30 seconds or less entering a home. Making it difficult for him might mean the difference between losing your valuables, and someone choosing another house.
This one seems obvious, but a surprising number of people simply don’t lock their doors and windows when they leave. No matter how safe you believe your neighborhood is, this is a huge risk. As I’ve previously mentioned, the point for a burglar is speed, and access. Many will target safer neighborhoods, where everyone knows and trusts each other. Always lock up when you leave. Be sure to keep all outdoor valuables, like barbecue, or bikes, locked up as well.
If you have a dog, it’s a great deterrent. A small dog can be just as big a deterrent as a large dog, since small dogs tend to be noisy and draw a lot of attention.
If you don’t or can’t have a dog, get a “Beware of Dog sign and put it out front to deter thieves. If they can’t see the dog, they’re free to imagine a big, scary thief-catching monster!
Be mindful of who you tell when you’re going on vacation. Thieves and burglars have been known to check social media for people going on vacation or planning other trips. Make sure you have someone to look after your home when you are away, but don’t share your travel plans with the entire neighborhood. Word travels fast, and you could find yourself the victim of a break-in while you’re away.
This goes without saying, but it’s another tip that’s so simple that it’s easy to lose track of it. Know how many spare keys you own, and who has them. If you absolutely need to keep one outside for emergencies, avoid keeping it near the door or in an obvious space like the mailbox. Make sure everyone in the home knows where this key is, and try to move it’s hiding place every few months, just as added precaution.
Privacy hedges and other high shrubbery may seem like a great idea. It enhances your home’s curb appeal and allows you a private space. However, proper care should be taken to your lawn to avoid your hedges growing too high. These sorts of plants can provide cover to burglars and home invaders. Anything that makes it difficult to see inside your home will make it difficult for your neighbors to know when something is going on in your house that shouldn’t be. Privacy hedges also provide cover that will make it hard to give a description of anyone suspicious in or around the house.
As I mentioned, most in-home break-ins happen during the day, specifically between 10am and 3pm. It may go against stereotypes, but it makes sense. This is a time of day when most people who would be home are out, either at work or school. While there’s nothing you can do about your work schedule, it can help to protect your home to change up your morning routine. Maybe a few times a week, at intervals, you can leave the house early for a run, walking a dog, or running errands. If there are neighbors you trust who are home at different hours, have them keep an eye on things.The goal is to avoid alerting thieves for exactly when you leave the house, and exactly when you come back.
Many people who own a home security system make the mistake of putting the decal of that system out front and center of their home. This is a mistake, as it can advertise how to disable an alarm. The better option is a generic alarm sticker. It is also important to keep your house number visible from the street, and not obstructed by hedges or vines. It helps the house look well-cared for, a proven deterrent, but in case your home has been broken into, it will be easier for the police and other services to identify, should anyone see something.
While there is no sure way to prevent a home burglary, there are steps that can be taken to prevent it. Important things to take away from this article are: Burglary usually lasts less than ten minutes; a thief is looking for easy access, and speed is everything. Make it difficult! Burglary usually happens during the day. Advertise your deterrents, and not your schedule. Above all else, don’t make simple mistakes to regret later. Lock doors, make sure everyone knows where your spare keys are, and plan for long absences by having someone look after your home. By following these simple tips, you can drastically reduce the risk of burglary in your home.
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