Alarm systems are a perfect deterrent for most burglars on the prowl. However, there are some preemptive measures that can keep an invader from ever setting the alarm off in the first place. Burglars are looking for the least risky house to rob, so the trick is making your home look more like a liability than a reward.
Lock Your Doors and Windows
The first and most obvious step to securing your home (and cars for that matter) is keeping it locked. While this seems blatantly obvious, over 30% of home invasions are the result of a burglar opening an unlocked door or window. Dead bolts or smart locks are perfect for doors, and a security bar can protect sliding doors and windows.
Keep Your Home Well Lit and Openly Visible
An attractive feature for many burglars is a house with places to hide. Having lights on while it is dark, having holly and thorny plants, keeping shrubbery trimmed 6 inches below the windows, and cutting low hanging tree limbs are good ways to mitigate hiding places. This is especially important when using security cameras to give your sentinels an open field of view.
Make Your Home Appear Lived in and Occupied
More than 60% of home burglaries are committed between the hours of 6:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. – during the day. When at work, it’s helpful to keep lights on or to have motion triggered lights in the yard. Often, a person trying to gain entry will knock on the door first pretending to be a sales person to see if someone is home. This particular ploy is why it is especially important to keep all doors and windows locked.
While away on vacation, keeping the grass mowed, having your mail collected, and having a neighbor keep a watchful eye can greatly reduce the appearance of an empty home, making it less of a target.
To Expect Good Neighbors, You Have to Be a Good Neighbor
Making friends with neighbors is a great way to have a network of protection. It’s a list of people you can count on to be around your house in cases when you can’t be.
If You Can, Get a Dog
Many intruders find it tedious to rob a house with barking dogs. Even a small yapping dog can be enough of an incentive to scare people away. Often, someone breaking in is already nervous, and loud dogs call attention to the home.
Keep Your Valuables out of Sight
The one thing burglars have to consider when choosing a house to rob is the risk versus the reward. If you leave valuable objects in plain sight and you don’t close the blinds, these burglars can often find it hard to resist trying to steal it. It’s also best not to put on the curb the boxes of expensive items such as large televisions. Store bicycles, grills, and any other outdoor equipment in the backyard or the garage.
Get an Alarm System
Having a visible and audible alarm system makes almost any home not worth the risk of robbing. It’s a big obvious beacon of “Yes, we see you; yes, this house is protected; and yes, if you break in, the police are coming.”
Security cameras are a great addition to an alarm system, but a simple keypad with contacts on your doors and windows can do the trick. A home security sign in the yard along with stickers on the doors give a clear indicator that your house is not the one to rob.
For more information about home security, contact PowerTechnics. Consultations are free.