Protecting your home against burglaries
Protecting your home against burglaries can be a difficult task. Over the past few years in the down economy, home break-ins and robberies have been on the rise. Learn to protect your neighborhood and your home from crime.
Tips for protecting your home against burglaries:
- Know your neighbors. Introduce yourself to your neighbors and make every effort to keep watch out for each other.
- Pay attention to who and what is going on around your neighborhood. Join your neighborhood watch and work with your neighbors to prevent crime in your neighborhood.
- Do not hesitate to report suspicious behavior seen in your neighborhood to police. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
- Do not leave notes on your front door for mail or package delivery, service people or visitors while you are away. It is a clear sign you aren’t home and a green light for burglars.
- Purchase a locked mailbox for your home. Do not put outgoing mail with personal information in an unsecured or unlocked mailbox. Before you leave for vacation, put a temporary hold on your mail, or ask a friend to pick up your mail each day, so it doesn’t pile up, indicating to thieves that you are away.
- Install motion-sensor lights to illuminate your home if someone is nearby. Light is one of the biggest deterrents for burglars.
- Make your home difficult to get into. Plant shrubs in front of windows to prevent potential thieves from getting too close to your windows. Be sure, however, that the shrubs are not so high that someone could hide behind them. Safety experts recommend the three-foot-by-six-foot rule, which says to keep shrubs trimmed down to three feet and tree branches trimmed six feet off the ground.
- Keep window treatments closed when you’re not home so potential burglars can’t see inside your home, looking for items to steal.
- Turn on lamps inside and a radio or TV on a timer to give the impression that someone is home.
- Install a security alarm with a trusted security company. Many alarms today can be monitored from your Smartphone.
- Do not keep valuables in obvious spots. Make your valuables difficult to find, in the event an intruder does get inside your home.
Protecting your home from thieves is more about being smart than purchasing high-tech security equipment. Use your discretion when providing non-family members access to your home, especially while you are away. Be careful not to draw attention to items in your home or garage that might attract thieves. Carefully document valuable items in your home and ensure your home insurance policy will cover any losses. It’s difficult to keep your home 100 percent safe from a break-in, but by following the tips listed above, you can greatly reduce chances of your home being burglarized.