By now, you are familiar with the statistics. There are four burglaries every minute in the United States with approximately three quarters of those taking place in residential properties. The following are 10 steps that can help you avoid becoming another statistic.
1.Keep Your Door Secure
More than a third of burglars come into residential properties the same way that everyone else does, through the front door. For this reason, it is essential that you do an annual inspection of your front door. Check the door frames, especially if they are made of wood. Make sure the wood has not become hollowed out.
Check the door slot to make sure that someone cannot simply reach through it and unlock your door. While the front door of your home may be what makes your house look pretty, it’s also what keeps it safe. So in this instance, safety trumps beauty.
An excellent safety feature is electronic door locks. They are secure, and they provide you with alerts when your door is tampered with. They give you the ability to remotely access your door, letting in people who you want to enter, while keeping unwanted intruders out.
2.Secure Your Windows
The majority of window manufacturers make windows that have weak locks. For this reason, windows are a major point of entry for burglars. Step up your window security by installing your own locks. Tempered glass windows or laminated windows are stronger than what traditionally comes from manufacturers.
Install glass breaks. These sensors react to the sound that glass makes when it breaks. These work in conjunction with your security system to warn you of a break in as well as alert law enforcement.
3.Get a Security System
Every home should have a security system. Whether it is something simple like door sensors and window sensors connected to an alarm, or something more complicated like CCTV connected to a monitoring system, a security system is essential. You need to evaluate your own needs and then select a system that is the most comfortable for you.
A good safe is an important part of your security system. Safes allow you to store the items that are valuable to you in a hidden place. You can find a safe that you can bolt to the floor, and there are also safes that are designed to look like everyday objects lying around your home.
4.Get to Know the People Who Live around You
Neighbors who care about you are neighbors who will keep an eye on you and your property. If your neighbors do not know who you are, they have no idea if the activity going on in and around your home is normal or if it merits concern.
5.Test Your Home’s Security Readiness
You may think that your home is secure, but there may be blind spots that you have missed. Have a friend walk around your home pretending that they want to break in. Have them jot down things like value items that are out in the open, windows that are not secure, and other areas that need to be tightened up.
6.Avail Yourself of Law Enforcement
Law enforcement officials are eager to help you prevent a break in. Talk to the local police and ask about neighborhood watch programs. Many police jurisdictions offer free home security inspections. These tips can go a long way in helping you to protect your home.
7.Let There Be Light
Many people are surprised to learn that the majority of burglaries happen during the day. However, there is valid reason to be concerned about break-ins during the night. The more illuminated your landscape is, the harder it will be for burglars to find a quiet spot for them to do their dirty work. Using lights with motion sensors add a second level of protection for your home.
8.Don’t Give Them a Place to Hide
Having bushes around your home may make your home look more attractive, but they also give burglars an excellent place to conceal themselves. It is better to trim down bushes around your home and instead opt for smaller flowers that are just as attractive but do not provide as much cover.
9.Advertise Your Security System
Putting a yard sign advertising your security system as well as putting decals on your windows does more to deter burglars than the security system itself. This does not mean that you should just put up fake signs and not install a security system, but what it does mean is that when burglars see the signs, they are going to think twice about breaking into your home.
10.What to Do When Everything Fails
There is no such thing as a 100 percent foolproof security plan. You can have the nicest security system, the most expensive safe, and the meanest watchdog and still someone will find a way to break into your home. If that happens, you need to have a clear laid out plan of action.
You and your children should plan in advance how you are going to react in case of a break in. They should have an exit strategy and should know where the family will meet.
When it comes to protecting your home, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This means that you should teach your children about when they should open doors for strangers. Lock the doors and lock the windows whenever you leave. Installing a home automation system can help in this regard as the system will automatically lock things down for you or allow you to lock things down remotely.
No one wants to think about becoming a victim of a burglary. But the odds are that it is something that could happen to you. By following the above mentioned tips, you can do a lot to prevent your home from being burglarized. And if a burglary does happen, you will have a plan in place to keep you and your family safe.