Did you know there are over 1.4 million burglaries a year? With so many break-ins, your home could be next. Take the necessary steps to solidify your burglary prevention.
When you protect your home, it's more than protecting the property. You are protecting your family and peace of mind.
Check out this guide and keep your family and property safe from people with bad intentions.
Door and Window Locks
When's the last time you checked the integrity of your door and window locks? Did you change the locks of the home when you moved in?
It's possible that the previous owners kept the spare set of keys. While we want to assume the best about people, there's a chance they sold or gave the keys away to someone.
If you move into a new home or apartment, consider changing locks immediately. You can also test the strength and durability of your locks.
First, lock your door from the outside. After it latches, pull on the handle with about 75% of your strength. You're looking to see if the door handle or lock is slipping or weak.
Then, lock your door while you're inside and redo the same experiment. Look at the door frame and handle. If there's considerable movement or bulging on the frame, you may need new locks (or a new door).
A lot of burglars sneak their way into a home by opening an unsecured window. Do all windows in your home have locks? If they do, can the locks be easily tampered with from the outside?
Ask a security professional about possible alarms for securing windows.
Eliminate Hiding Spots
Burglars determined to enter your home may use the property against itself. They seek dark or hidden areas to conceal their body from those inside or outside.
If you have lots of bushes and shrubbery surrounding your home, a burglar will use it to hide and wait. Spend the time to relocate the bushes and trees away from your home.
In its place, install automatic bright lights. Motion-activated lights deter and discourage would-be burglars. Don't forget to point the lights away from the house so you're not woken up every time a cat or raccoon gets near your property.
You don't have to get rid of all bushes and trees near your home. Just trim and cut the bushes thin and low. Tree branches under six feet can be completely cut off.
Hostile architecture helps keep burglars at bay. Sloped window sills someone can't grip from the outside, jagged large rocks around windows, and pointed ledges are examples of engineering to prevent criminal activity and eliminate hiding spots.
Hiding valuables is a proactive approach to avoid becoming a victim. Before you leave the house, think about what items are visible from the windows.
Ask a friend to come over and see what they spot peering into your home. Can they see your television, laptops, or home defense weapons?
Store valuable items out of sight, pull the curtains, and close doors. The less a stranger can see the better.
How are you throwing away your trash? If someone can drive by your home and see boxes for TVs, expensive jewelry, and power tools by the trash, they are going to know you have items worth stealing.
Do your best to collapse boxes, shred paperwork, and leave little trace of your purchases in the trash. The simplest and safest method is to put the trash out right before the collector comes.
Sometimes, the perpetrator is someone you know. Someone who is familiar with your home poses the biggest threat. When you go on vacation, lock your valuables up in a strong safe or vault.
Wouldn't it be great to catch criminals looking to break into your home? Set up exterior and interior cameras so you can give the police the evidence they need to close a case.
Install a doorbell camera for an extra layer of protection. Prevent the theft of boxes, screen door-to-door salespeople, and secure your property. Most doorbell cameras connect directly to a smartphone.
You can be visiting a friend in another state and get an alert that someone is at the front door. Some doorbell cameras have two-way speakers that let you communicate with someone at the front door.
Just a camera being present is enough to scare some people from trying to walk on your property.
Burglary Prevention and Weapons
It's always good to have knowledge and training in self-defense and weapons. While most burglars prefer to enter an empty home, you never know when you might come face-to-face with a criminal.
In moments of heightened tension, people act irrationally and emotionally. Criminals are no exception.
Your best option is always to run away and seek safety. But if you can't get somewhere safe, then it's time to use your defense skills. No one wants to be put in a place where they have to hurt someone else, but it's better to be prepared.
Protecting Your Home
Use this burglary prevention guide to take the necessary steps to avoid becoming a victim. You will keep your sanity, peace of mind, and possessions intact.
Go to work, go on vacation, and go to sleep knowing you're safe.
If you're serious about security and you're ready to take the next step, contact us today for all your security and protection needs.