Home burglary is something that we all hope never happens to us–and, to be honest, many of us believe it never will. “That’s the kind of thing that happens to other people,” we might say, knowing that home burglary is a possibility but pretty confident that it’ll never happen to us. We’re people, we aren’t part of a statistic.
The threat of home burglary is real and while it can simply end up being an expensive inconvenience–a broken window or door, some missing valuables–it’s also potentially life threatening. Again, none of us want that to happen to us or anyone we know…but it could. So isn’t it better to be secure, prepared, and never need those anti-intruder alarms than not prepare and have to deal with some truly awful consequences? I think the answer is pretty clear!
Not everyone can afford to have a bodyguard detail and the latest, newest, hottest state-of-the-art security technology. But there are things that each homeowner can still do in order to make their home more secure. In this blog post, we’ll be looking at several different methods of making your home safer and more protected against burglars. If this is a concern that’s been weighing on your mind, please keep reading to discover how you can keep yourself and your loved ones safer!
Below are the seven tips on how to protect your home from burglary:
Tip #1: You should invest in a safe
One of the best ways to protect your home from burglary is to invest in a safe. It’s a must for expensive jewelry, vital documents, and any other valuables that would be a crushing loss should a burglar scoop them up. However large or small the safe, don’t let it sit empty! Fill it up with your valuables as soon as possible and don’t make the combination something easy to guess.
Tip #2: You should always lock your doors, windows, and garage
This is a no-brainer, right? Well, maybe so, but it bears repeating. Make it a habit to check all the locks before you go to bed at night. If a burglar really wants to get in, they will, but not locking your door is just an invitation to every unsavory type to make an appearance. You may forget to lock everything one night and find that nothing happened…but you don’t want to keep going down that road. It’s playing with fire.
Tip #3: You should look into motion-detecting lights
Criminals hate the light. Stealth is all but impossible when you’re flooded with brightness. That’s why you should seriously consider investing in motion-detecting lights. Even if it’s just a light above your garage and/or your front door, it’s better than nothing! Of course, covering your lawn’s perimeter with these lights is always a good idea as well.
Tip #4: You should keep valuable outdoor equipment in your (locked) garage
Don’t leave bikes, BBQs, and tools lying around on your front (or even back) lawn! These items can all go for a relatively good price and there are people who wouldn’t think twice about snatching them up. Keep everything in your garage until needed–and as we mentioned above, don’t forget to lock your garage either. Sure, it might be a pain to go out every night and lock up–not to mention putting everything back in the garage each day–but it’s worth it.
Tip #5: You should think about getting security cameras
Security cameras allow you to see who comes and goes around your house and they can help you identify a burglar if your house is robbed. Even if you’re unsure about the usefulness of security camera footage, the fact that you have the cameras visible in the first place could make a criminal think twice before breaking into your home.
Tip #6: You should make friends of your neighbors
Becoming friends with your neighbors is a great step toward proactively protecting your house. Neighbors can keep a casual eye on your property and they’ll also be able to spot any strangers in the general area–but if you don’t ever introduce yourself, they could end up thinking that YOU are the stranger. Of course you’ll want to return the favor by generally watching out for their interests (it doesn’t have to be a full-time job, but if you happen to see something odd or dangerous you should definitely notify them/the police).
Tip #7: You should keep vision-obscuring vegetation at a minimum
When burglars look for a house to rob, they may be delighted if they see large shrubs and hedges blocking your vision of the sidewalk or even the immediate area around your home. The same goes for trees, particularly trees that are close to your house. You don’t want a criminal climbing up a tree and breaking into your child’s bedroom–or yours, for that matter! You want a free field of vision so that you can see at a glance whether or not intruders are prowling about–so keep those plants trimmed and clipped.