One of the top concerns among homeowners everywhere is the ability to keep their homes (and families) safe. Therefore, making the home less vulnerable to break-ins is a top priority, but many homeowners are not as conscious about simple steps anyone can take to create a more “burglar proof” environment. Following, then, are seven practical tips your family can implement, starting today, to help prevent a burglary at your home.
1. Assure That Your Home Is Well-Lit
One of the biggest influencers determining whether or not a burglar decides to target your home is the ability to enter and exit the home without being seen. Homes with poor lighting, and especially those with poor lighting near doors and other entry points, are especially attractive to burglars.
Placing lots of lighting around the exterior of the home will correct this challenge. However, to prevent having the home lit up throughout the night, consider motion-sensing lights. These lights, which are only triggered when movement happens, have the additional benefit of startling would-be intruders.
2. Pay Attention To Your Landscaping
Many homeowners enjoy having full shrubbery placed all around their homes and yards. The problem with this, though, is that when the shrubbery is so full that it obstructs others from having a clear view of the home (especially near the doors and windows), that natural covering is highly attractive to a potential burglar. Again, the burglars’ main objective is to quickly enter and exit the home without being noticed.
But this type of covering is not limited to trees and shrubbery. It also extends to fences, walls and certain type of architectural touches such as latticed porches. To rid your home of natural coverings like trees and shrubbery, simply have them trimmed until they no longer obstruct the view of the home. Architectural coverings that obstruct the view will be much more difficult to change; however, motion-sensing lights can also be helpful.
3. Be Sure That ALL Entry Points Are Secured At All Times
According to the Electronic Security Association, more than 30 percent of burglars entered residences through an unlocked door, window and other opening without force. With that in mind, it bears repeating that doors, windows and other entry points (including sliding glass doors, garages and doors leading from the garage inside the home) should be locked at all times, whether the family is at home or not.
4. Deadbolt Locks
Regardless of the types of regular locks currently installed at your home, having a deadbolt lock is a great way to boost the security of residential doors. The locking mechanism on the deadbolt lock serves to place an incredibly strong metal bolt into the door’s frame. This lock cannot easily be pried open and provides a great deal of reinforcement. However, be sure that the doors the deadbolt locks are attached to are also strong and sturdy.
5. Develop A Pact With Your Immediate Neighbors
An alert neighbor is one of the best crime deterrents. Therefore, make the effort to not only introduce yourself to the neighbors immediately to the left, right, back and front of your home but also to create a “covenant”, of sorts, among you. Each neighbor will keep an eye out for suspicious activity, alerting authorities if the family is not at home. It’s simply neighbor helping neighbor… and it works.
6. Get Involved With Your Community’s Neighborhood Watch Program
In keeping with neighbor helping neighbor, consider an all-out, community-wide neighborhood watch program for your community. Contact your local sheriff’s department for information, or visit the National Crime Prevention Council’s website for tips and resources.
7. Installing A Home Security System
The Electronic Security Association says that 74 percent of abandoned home intrusion efforts were directly attributable to an audible alarm system, and that burglars are three times as likely to burglarize a home without an alarm system. Home security systems work around the clock, alerting authorities when a break-in happens, and startling would-be thieves. Simply put, home security systems are the best, and most effective way to assure the home remains a safe and less attractive to would-be burglars.