Your home is your daily retreat to an environment in which you’re supposed to feel safe and secure. Yet, this sanctity gets destroyed when someone burglarizes your house.
According to the FBI, there are between 2.3 and 2.6 million burglaries every year in the USA. Another shocking statistic is that homes not protected by an alarm system, have a 300 percent higher likelihood of being robbed.
According to a former burglar, it’s standard practice to knock on the front door to establish if anyone is at home. This is also an excellent opportunity to scan for possible entry points into the property. Small things like dust in a keyhole indicate that it’s not used: a dead give away for a hardened criminal.
Here are some security tips that are often overlooked by homeowners.
Precautionary Methods To Be Taken With Windows And Sliding Glass Doors
Windows and sliding doors allow some of the most natural access points to intruders. Therefore it’s vital to take extra measures to secure them.
Alarm window contacts are easy to install and prove efficient in warning you when there’s a breach. These gadgets consist of two pieces, the magnet, and the sensor. As long as both are close to each other or have direct contact, the switch inside will remain closed.
However, if the two are separated, the switch will be released, alerting the system that the structure has been opened.
Another upgrade worth investing in is shatterproof glass. If a burglar attempts to break the window, the pane will not shatter out of the window frame, preventing the thief from gaining access.
The locks on sliding doors are flimsy and easy to breach, which provides quick access to your home. It’s suggested that you install a security bar on the inside of the structure to make it more challenging to get in this way.
Maintain And Manage Your Landscaping
Burglars seldom carry tools with them; in general, they will look for something to use on your property to gain access. Things such as bricks, ladders, gardening tools, and barbeque equipment can easily be used to gain access to your house. Always ensure to lock these things away after you’ve used them.
Another area of concern is hiding places. Bushes and trees provide the perfect spot for a burglar to lie in wait. Be sure to keep these trimmed so that they don’t obscure your overall view of the yard.
Consider installing garden lights to illuminate your property. Motion detection units are the best choice for this purpose, as they conserve energy and won’t bother you or your neighbors with consistent shining.
Avoid Making It Obvious That You’re Not At Home
If you’re planning on going away for a while, never make it public knowledge. Posting on social media that you’re about to leave on vacation or have arrived at your destination is a friendly way of alerting thieves that no one is home. It’s better to post these updates when you’re safely back home.
Ask a neighbor or friend to pick up your mail for your time away from home. A build-up of mail in your mailbox or by your front door may alert a burglar that you’re away for an extended period.
It might also be a good idea to get a house-sitter to look after your property if you’re on extended leave. These guys will switch on random lights at night, use your television, and even water the garden to make it appear as though someone is home.
Installing light timers to automatically switch on individual lights after dark, both inside and outside of your house, keeps criminals guessing. Burglars will seldom attempt a break-in if they suspect that someone might be home.
Protect Your Safe-Haven
You can do many more things to make your home secure, a lot of which won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Ensure your windows and sliding doors are securely fastened. Don’t leave out anything that a burglar could use as a “tool” and take steps to make your home looked “lived in” if away for extended periods. Protect yourself and your family; you can never have too much security.