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Burglar Deterrents: Burglar Prevention Tips For Your Home

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Home burglaries are more prevalent than most people realize and protecting your home and valuables should be a priority. No matter where you live, even if you live in an upscale suburban area, home burglaries can and do happen. Here is what you need to know about protecting your home.

  • Make It Look Like Someone Is Always Home: This includes things like having inside lights that are set up on timers and stopping your mail and newspaper delivery before leaving on a vacation. It may also be wise to hire someone to mow your lawn during warm months, or snowplow your driveway during the winter when you will be away for an extended time period.
  • Don’t Leave Items Where Thieves Can Spot Them: Do not leave things out where they can be seen like bicycles, tractors or bbq grills. Instead be sure to keep them locked in your garage or a shed. Make sure your windows are covered so people cannot see into your garage or basement. Never throw out empty boxes for expensive items you have purchased without first cutting them up. An empty box on the lawn for a new electronic device is a way to lure in thieves.
  • Keep Your Locks Updated: Locks on all exterior doors should be deadlock bolts, push locks are very ineffective at keeping burglars out. Additionally, when you move into a new home or if you lose your keys you should immediately replace all your locks.
  • Keep The Outside Of Your Home Lit: Make sure that you have proper lighting installed around the exterior of your home. The best type of lighting to use is outdoor sensor lighting that will be triggered whenever the sensors go off.
  • Install An Alarm System: You can either do this on your own or use a professional company to install and monitor your alarm. Having an alarm provides peace of mind and is one of the best defenses against burglars. It is especially important for when you are away from home for an extended period of time, like for a vacation. There are a variety of alarm systems that you can install on your own or you can choose to go through a company that will professionally install and monitor your alarm system.

The most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to your alarm system is to remember to activate it. So many people leave their homes and forget to set their alarms. Even if you are just doing a quick run to the store or to drop off your child at school, know that burglars pay attention to these opportunities. Additionally, be sure to display all signs from the security company. These alone can very often keep burglars away.

Other Miscellaneous Tips

  • Keep your trees and shrubbery trimmed back. These are easy hiding places for burglars.
  • Never leave keys to your home “hidden” anywhere. Burglars know where to look and if they find your key they may be able to enter your home unnoticed.
  • Keep an eye open at all times for suspicious behavior in your neighborhood. Having a neighborhood watch system in place can also help to keep crime rates low.
  • Lock your doors at all times, even when you are home.
  • Keep a detailed inventory list of your valuables. If your home was broken into the faster you can let the cops know what was taken, the more likely your items may be recovered.

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