Though the word burglar can suggest the image of a menacing villain, most burglars are nothing more than common thieves, easily deterred by basic security precautions. Because most burglars are amateurs, you can take many simple actions to keep burglars out of your home. We’ve narrowed these measures down to the essentials. Here are six tips to get you started protecting your new property:
Doors are your home’s first line of defense, so it’s essential to install deadbolt locks if you don’t have them already. Standard key-in-knob doors are vulnerable to basic lock-picking techniques, but deadbolts are more difficult break. If your doors have glass panels, make sure they are at least three feet above the inside part of the lock — this makes it harder for potential thieves to be able to smash the glass and reach inside to unlock the door.
Lighting can turn away potential burglars because it creates the illusion that someone might be home, even if that’s not the case. You should ensure the entries to your home are consistently lit so you can see any unwanted visitors from inside before they make it to the door. Alternatively, if you have a home security system, you could use a motion sensor to turn on the lights anytime someone walks towards the entryway.
Climbing through a window can be an easy way for a burglar to enter your house, but if the burglar must smash thick glass, they will draw unwanted attention to themselves. Make breaking and entering harder for burglars by installing storm windows with multi-layer glazing. In addition, glass-break sensors, which also come with home security systems, can trigger an alarm to call for efficient emergency response.
Plants and shrubs allow burglars to conceal themselves, so make sure nothing green outside your window grows taller than the windowsill.
Whether you’re on vacation or out to the store for five minutes, your garage door should be closed and windows covered. It’s best to make would-be burglars think you’re just inside watching TV. An open garage can invite a thief to grab what they can without being noticed.
Wireless home security systems simplify all the above security measures and give you a quick way to get emergency responders to your property. When equipped with the right array of sensors, a security system can simultaneously protect all parts of your home, including doors, windows, garages, and bedrooms. Additionally, the alarm monitoring that comes with all professional systems ensures that police will arrive on your property to apprehend potential burglars.
At Brinks Home™, we have a home security system that includes 24/7 professional monitoring and can incorporate smart home devices like smart locks, garage door openers, and security cameras. If you’re interested in a home security system, call Brinks Home today to start building your system with a Security Consultant.
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