Safety: Tips to Prevent Burglary

a burglar prying open a windowA home burglary can mean the loss of thousands of dollars worth of electronics, jewelry, and other cherished items. It can also mean the loss of security and peace of mind in the home. While all individuals don’t require an expensive, high-tech alarm system for their properties, a few well-placed locks and security devices can go a long way. Reduce the risk of falling victim to a burglary by employing one, some, or all of the following tips:

Locks Doors and Windows: While it may seem obvious, many individuals forget or simply neglect to lock doors and windows when leaving the house for short or extended periods of time. Even when at home, keeping doors locked can prevent home invasion situations. Almost 25% of break-ins occur through first-floor windows. There are a handful of wireless alarm kits on the market that will sound if a door or window is opened. Most of these kits cost around $25.

Make The Landscape Work For You: Thorny rose bushes strategically placed under windows are not appealing for burglars. Robbers may think twice about choosing your home as a target. Ensure all bushes and hedges are trimmed regularly with shears from to eliminate a place where thieves can hide while scoping out the property. Utilizing gravel or loose stones around the house can alert you (or a dog) if someone is approaching the house. Motion-activated security lights near grade-level windows or entrances can also help to expose burglars.

Do Not Put Valuables on Display: If passersby can see the 50-inch flat-screen TV from the sidewalk, rearrange your living room layout. Ensure that valuable items are hidden to reduce that chance of becoming a break-in victim. Invest in privacy curtains so that items in your house can be hidden during the workday. During holiday seasons, keep both wrapped and unwrapped gifts away from windows.

Invest in Double Key Deadbolts: About 35% of thieves enter homes through the front door. Double key deadbolts require a key not only to enter, but to exit as well. Therefore if someone breaks in through the front door, they will have an extremely difficult time getting out. They would have to break the door down and cause negative attention.

Make the House Appear Occupied: When going out of town, set up a timer for lights, the radio, and even the TV. As an alternative, ask trusted neighbors, friends, or family members to stop by at various times to pick up mail, flyers, and other boxes that may stack up outside the front door while you are away.

Other Simple Tips:

  • Keep the garage door closed and locked when not in use.
  • Arrange for the lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended period of time.
  • Keep lawn mowers, barbeques, and bicycles out of sight.
  • If there is no security system for the house, stick a security sign in the front lawn to deter burglars.
  • If you have a security system, make a habit of using it.