September 21, 2020
Protecting your home may seem like a tall order, but once you’ve purchased and installed home security, the toughest part of the challenge is taken care of. The rest lies in the details.
If homeowners are vigilant and aware of the obstacles they may encounter at their home, they can fully prepare themselves to overcome any potential threat of a burglar. We’ve put together some expert tips and often overlooked points regarding home safety.
Never spend money on fake rocks, birdhouses, or other tools where you want to hide a spare key. Burglars are aware that it is a common practice to hide spare keys in these areas, and they are not naive as to where they should be looking. Instead, opt to give a spare key to a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member.
If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Always have signs, decals, and notices that advertise that you have home security equipment, and even animals. A burglar is less likely to target a home that they know is protected with home security equipment.
Never leave doors, windows, or garages open or unlocked. Break-ins are often crimes of opportunity. Covering your bases is an easy way to deter a would-be burglar.
Many burglars will knock on a door to see who’s at home before committing a crime. If they realize that no one is home, they will go forward with their actions. If you hear a knock at the door, don’t open to strangers, without checking to see who is at the door first.
Front doors should be reinforced with solid locks and deadbolts, as most burglars gain entrance through the front door.
Important and expensive personal items should be placed in a home safe. These home safes should be anchored to the floor or a permanent shelf. Items that are often placed in safes include guns, jewelry, money, and other personal items. Remember that thieves aren’t always strangers that are targeting your home. Sometimes thieves are relatives, friends, babysitters, housekeepers, or children.
Timers, lights, and televisions will give burglars the impression that someone is home. Since most burglaries happen during the day, it’s important to do whatever you can to give burglars the impression that you are home. When you’re away for vacation, these tricks and tips will come in handy.
Burglars are more likely to target a home that isn’t well kept because it gives the impression that homeowners are away, or that they do not care about their property. If you’ll be away, put a stop to receiving mail, and if you need additional help, ask neighbors or family and friends to help with mail and trash.
As excited as you are about your vacation, and as much as you would like to announce it to the world, posting about vacation on social media may lead to unwanted traffic to your home. Several social media sites are open for the public to see, and some opportunists in your friend circle may even try to take advantage of you being away. Wait until you return from your trip before you start posting about the vacation.
Get creative with your valuables. When burglars break-in, they are looking to find valuable property quickly. Common initial places they look are dresser drawers, bedside tables, and medicine cabinets. Throw off burglars by not placing valuables in these places, and by leave old items that you don’t want out in the open. This could be an old television or laptop, almost tricking the burglars into thinking that these items have value.
Don’t neglect the second or third story of your home under the assumption that someone won’t put in the effort to break-in. Many burglars are willing to be creative, often using tools they find in the neighborhood. Never leave ladders or other items out that can be used for a break-in.
The goal should always be to think a few steps ahead of a burglar. A burglar should never find a weakness in your home security plan, and if one were ever to approach your home, they should opt for another property once they see the difficulty in robbing your house.
Remember: Always be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to what’s going on in your neighborhood. See if there is new or unusual activity and be vigilant to report it.
Lauren Slade is a Dallas-based writer and editor.
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