Your home is a safe haven for you and your family. Find out how to protect it from burglars below.
1. Install A Security System
Installing a security system gives you an extra layer of protection. It can help police respond more quickly to break-ins, and it can discourage many burglars in the first place. Something as simple as a sign in your yard will deter burglars who are looking for an easy target.
2. Don’t Flaunt Expensive Possessions
Do your best to keep expensive possessions out of sight. Burglars will be more likely to choose your home if they know you have things worth stealing.
3. Don’t Advertise Your Absence
Most burglaries happen while people are away from home. Make it harder for burglars to tell you are gone using the following tips:
- Leave some lights and music on while you’re gone.
- Don’t announce your vacation dates on social media.
- Hire a house sitter to check in or stay in your home while you’re away.
- Have the post office hold the mail while you’re gone so a crowded mailbox doesn’t alert thieves to your absence.
- Have a neighbor move your car around occasionally while you’re gone.
4. Eliminate Hiding Places
Keep bushes trimmed and away from your house so it is harder for burglars to hide. It also helps to keep the walkways and driveway of your home well lit. You may want to consider installing lights with motion detectors for added effect.
5. Don’t Make It Easy
Unfortunately some burglaries that could be prevented happen because homeowners make it too easy.
- Always lock your door when you leave. Don’t forget about the door from your garage to outside and the door from the garage into your house.
- Don’t leave your key in a flowerpot or under a rock near the entrance. Give a spare key to a trusted friend or neighbor.
- Remember to lock your windows and secure your sliding glass door.
Not all burglaries can be prevented, but the above tips will help you protect your home, your possessions, and your family.