How to Secure Your Home Against Burglars

| 10 December 2014
Burglary is one of the most common crimes to affect homeowners. Every few seconds a burglary is committed, resulting in the loss of valuable personal property and peace of mind.

Safety From Burglars

But it’s not just about the loss of personal items. Your security is violated making it difficult to feel safe again. Depending on your insurance policy, you may have to pay for the losses and damage yourself. But many people are still unaware of the small changes they can make to their properties to guard them against intruders. The following are just a few things you can do protect you and your family. Protecting the House Make sure that your entrance doors are Fiber Glass or Steel doors. This makes it harder for burglars to physically break their way into the door. Consider replacing existing windows with stronger alternatives as well. Windows are another easy target for burglars. If your windows are old or weak, replace them with new, stronger glass. Robbers will only spend on average 45 seconds attempting to break in, so if they can’t get past your windows on their first try, they will likely move on to the next target. Inside the House Avoiding unwanted attention requires you to conceal your valuable. Use curtains to make expensive objects less visible from the outside. This is especially critical at night when indoor lighting makes it easy for outsiders to look in. Install timers to indoor lights, TV and radio. When you’re away these timers switch these devices on, making it seem as if there's someone at home. Burglars are less likely to break into a house when someone is around, and this small investment can go a long way in protecting your home. Protecting the Exterior Trim bushes and trees on your property so burglars have fewer places to hide. At night, these can be prime spots for unwanted visitors to stay concealed. Don't leave boxes for expensive home equipment in the trash or at the curb. These are clear signs to outsiders that there are new items inside the home. Install motion-sensing security lights around your house. Like indoor timers, these can give the impression that someone is at home at all times. It can also illuminate dark areas, making it hard for burglars to move around your property. They frighten burglars away and keep you and your neighbors alerted to what's going on around your house. Keep expensive cars or equipment stored in the garage whenever possible. If you have a security system, don't put a sticker at your front door that reveals the brand like most people do. This could make it easier for a burglar to find out how to disable the alarm system. Instead, include a generic sticker that warns that the house is protected by a security company, not which security company. Small changes can go a long way to secure your home. You don't have to build a fortress to feel safe and secure. Apply these suggestions and enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that you and your family are well protected.
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