So you have a high tech security system, a shotgun and a big, foaming-at-the-mouth Rottweiler – does this mean you actually want a burglar to come around? Of course not. Your hope is that you will never have to use any of those things to protect yourself and that you can simply enjoy your larger than average lap dog. The best way to protect yourself is to be proactive, to do everything you can to keep your home and your family safe, and to keep burglars from taking a second look at your home as a possible target. Below are some preventative measures that can reduce your chances of being the victim of a violent crime in the first place and answer the question of how to keep burglars away.
Be Smart When You Aren’t Home
Make your house look like you are home. Burglars do not want to be surprised, they also do not want run into you even more than you do not want to run into you. They look for times when you are not home and strike at that time. Anything as short as a night out to longer breaks, like a vacation, provide the perfect opportunity for a crime without confrontation.
Avoid Signs that You’re on Vacation
If your house appears vacant, the shades are down and the lights are off, criminals will think you are likely not there. If you go on vacation and let your newspapers pile up in your driveway or the mail in your mailbox is spilling out, the thought is that the homeowners must be on vacation. You have invited those lovely thieves in for a shopping spree with your treasured possessions as their prizes.
Things You Can Do
So what can you do to make an unoccupied home look like it is occupied? The simplest thing to do is to leave a light on. Even better, set up some timers so the lights come on and off, just as they would if you were home. Don’t bother closing the shades because the lights are a indicator that the home is occupied so the criminals won’t bother looking in the shades, even if they are open. It may be expensive to leave a TV on for a week long vacation but a radio will also do the trick.
Use Lights and TV
Light it up! As previously stated, thieves do not want to be seen by you or by anyone. As a result, 90% of intruders will try to break in in when there is the least amount of light possible. So light up the outside of your house too, not only while you are away but all the time. Motion sensors with high-voltage lighting are especially effective at preventing burglaries because they eliminate the cloak of darkness and expose criminal activity for all to see. The brighter the light, the better since it can expose the criminals even better, illuminating their every move.
Lock Your Windows and Doors
Lock up! Lock all your doors every time you leave, even if it is for a quick trip or walk. It sounds like a no-brainer, but around half of all burglaries occur as the result of the criminal entering through an open/unlocked door or window. Burglars are looking for an easy crime of opportunity. It all plays back to their desire not too be seen. It is much easier to enter through and unlocked front door than to have to spend the time to forcibly enter a property.
Get a Home Security System & Put up Signs
Security Signage. Again, criminals are looking for easy targets and do not want to be seen. If they know you have a security system, they will often skip your house. They do not want to draw attention to themselves. They understand how security systems work and do not want to trip an alarm and have police heading their way. The best way to let them know about your system is to advertise the fact that your house is protected. They would rather burglarize a house without another item to slow them down as risk being detected!
While there is nothing that will proved 100% theft protection, these tips will definitely go a long way to protecting your family, your possessions and your home from burglars.