Having your home burglarized is always an invasive and horrible experience. Did you know that the vast majority of burglars are amateurs looking for an easy target? While there is not much that can be done if a professional thief targets your home, there are several easy solutions that you can employ to make sure that those amateur thieves are turned away.
Here are some easy tips and tricks:
Test It Out And Lock It Down
- The first thing to do with your home is to test it. Try to find a way to break into it yourself thereby illuminating the holes in your security so that you can fix them.
- Lock your doors and windows whenever you leave home even if you think your neighborhood is safe and secure and even if you won’t be gone long.
- If you move into a new home or if you lose your keys change the locks immediately.
- Whenever you install a security system make sure the wires are concealed. Exposed wires are easy to cut and disable.
- Spring latch locks are easy for any burglar to overcome with a credit card. Replace such locks with deadbolts instead.
- Don’t leave your spare key in the stereotypical places like beneath a flower pot or on top of the door frame. Instead, wrap it in foil or plastic wrap and bury it where you can easily access it.
- Don’t leave notes on your door, it gives a message to burglars that you are not home.
- Do not give your house keys, spare or otherwise, to anyone that you have working in your home while you are away. That includes cleaners, plumbers, cable installers and the like. Schedule their visits while you or a family member is at home.
- If a salesperson pays you a visit ask to see their ID before you let them in. Burglars use this tactic to gain access to homes. The same goes for a stranger that comes to your home asking you to call the police or a mechanic. Do not let them in, make the call yourself.
- Make sure that your alarms are not faulty and do not go off unprovoked. That way your neighbors will know to take action when your alarm does go off. If your alarm often goes off by accident your neighbors will be less likely to alert anyone.
- Talk to your neighbors if you see any strange cars or individual.
- Your home should appear occupied at all times to keep some of your lights on a schedule to turn on and off when you are not at home.
- Make sure that your entrance is always illuminated. A dark entrance is a magnet for burglars. This includes installing lights and making sure there aren’t any big trees that obscure the view of your doors.
- Get a dog, even a small noisy one that draws attention to a burglar or disturbance is enough of a deterrent.
Doors and Windows
- Make sure there is no space between the door and the frame.
- Make sure the door hinges are installed on the inside.
- Install a metal bar across the bottom of your sliding patio doors.
- Replace any rotted wood frames.
- Fortify any glass panes with burglar resistant glass.
- Install an alarm system on your windows and doors.
- Keep garage door closed and locked when your car is there and when it is not. An absent car sends the message that no one is home.
- Install a peephole in the garage door to check what is going on in the garage without opening the door.
With these simple tips and tricks, you can significantly increase the security of you