Protect Your Home Against Burglars

by Editor on April 26, 2013

The Burglar

Keeping your home safe is important not only to protect your possessions and your property, but also to secure your family. That is why it is extremely important to ensure your house is safe at all times.

Burglars are a lot more intelligent than people give them credit for and they’re not afraid of a challenge either but if you want to try and make your home a less likely target then follow these helpful tips.

1.    Firstly, when you’re trying to protect your home, your family and your possessions from intruders it’s useful to think as they would. Look around your home carefully and identify any areas that could be seen as a weak point. If you have anything valuable on show in your windows or you can see it through the window then move it because this makes your home an easy target. After choosing a target home thieves don’t tend to spend more than three minutes inside so if they know where your valuables are then they won’t have a problem taking them.

2.    A lot of people – particularly of the older generation – still insist on leaving their doors unlocked because at one time you used to be able to. Nowadays though it’s not safe and you’re not creating any kind of challenge for a burglar if you leave your doors wide open for them.

3.    Nowadays a lot of people remember to lock their doors because they are obvious entry points. One thing that many people forget though is their windows. A lot of people – especially in the summer – like to sleep with their windows open and will quite often forget to lock them when the close them. An unlocked window isn’t much of a challenge for an intruder and makes your home an easy target.

4.    When you move into a new home don’t assume that everything will be safe because you never know who has a copy of the key. It costs next to nothing to buy some new locks for each of your doors and that’s nothing when it ensures your safety and security.

5.    When you go out leave at least one light on in your home; a light or a TV turned on will make any burglar think twice before they attempt to break in because there could be someone home. If you’re going to be out for the entire day then you can buy timers that you can plug your TV and lamps into. Timers are really easy to set and once they’re plugged in they will automatically turn whatever is plugged into them on at a certain time.

6.    If you’re going on holiday then either leave a key with a neighbour and ask them to collect your mail every day or ask the post office to hold it until you return. In order to make it look like there might be someone home you could ask a neighbour to park their car on your drive while you’re away so that there’s always someone pretty close to your home.

7.    Burglars don’t want to draw attention to themselves so motion sensor lighting or lights around the entrance way to your home will mean that they’ll try to avoid your property.

8.    Dogs are the ultimate deterrent for burglars because they make a noise and draw attention to them which they’ll do their best to avoid.

9.    The obvious thing to do if you want to increase security is to have an alarm fitted. Nowadays there are a huge number of alarms out there – some of them are even monitored so a burglary would always be detected. If a burglar sees an alarm inside or outside your home then they’re likely to try and find another target in order to avoid being caught.

10.    Finally, an extremely simple and inexpensive trick; whenever you’re out or if you have valuables on show then make sure you shut the curtains or blinds in that room. If thieves can’t see anything that’s worth taking, they’re less likely to make the effort to break in as there’s no guarantee that they’ll come out with anything and for them that’s too much of a risk.

About the Author

Lizzie Hulme has always been security conscious and when she moved to a new neighbourhood with her family insisted on having a monitored alarm system fitted so visited

photo by: Eastlaketimes

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