When it comes to burglar-targeted homes, the one thing that matters most is- how easy it will be for the burglar to get in and out. Whether you live in a larger property or a smaller one, you need to burglar-proof your home to protect yourself from being a potential target.
While getting a home security system installed is a good option, it is not without flaws, neither is it the only or even the best option. There are actually a fair number of ways you can deter would-be-burglars.
With burglars never taking a day off, you should never let your guard down either. Let’s take a look at what security measures are recommended to keep yourself and your valuables safe.
1. Keep Every Entrypoint Locked
“Most burglars look for houses that are easy targets. Plenty of times, burglaries happen during day time when people are at work or in school. To prevent a burglary from happening, every time you leave, make sure all your windows and doors are locked. Even when you’re at home, keeping the habit of locking everything can keep you safe.” says David Shell, the founder & CEO of TradesmenCosts.
2. Use Motion Detectors
David Shell also recommends one of the most popular and effective ways to deter criminals; motion detection lights; “Most thieves go into houses they think are empty. You can add an extra layer of protection by replacing your lights with motion-sensing light bulbs. By doing so, every time somebody scopes your property without your knowledge, would-be intruders can be easily detected.”
3. Keep Your Valuables Safe
“Lessen the temptation by keeping your items away from the away of would-be thieves.” Shell advises, “If you have any expensive items such as jewelry, keep them locked in a place where people won’t easily find them. Your items such as bikes and tools such as drills should be kept in your garage.”
4. Set up a Home Security System
“With so many of us staying indoors over the past year due to the pandemic, home security systems have become increasingly more popular and accessible. Equipping your home with a full comprehensive system that includes lights, sensors, alarms and cameras will help in deterring any sort of breach or possible burglary.” says Kristen Bolig, the founder of SecurityNerd.
Bolig recommends DIY options for customization and cost-saving, “Many home security systems offer DIY-options for those looking to be a bit more customizable with their set-up while also not having to pay extra fees for professional installation. Having a fully-equipped system also allows you to know what is happening in your home even when you are away. Many security cameras can be accessed through an app on your smartphone, as well as numerous other pieces of tech like sensors and alarms.”
5. Equip your Doors and Windows with Smart Locks or Combination Locks
Locking up, is of course, foremost in home security, as Kristen Bolig advises, “Doors and windows are the first and most accessible point-of-entry for any burglar, so ensuring that they are secure is integral to burglar-proofing your home. Looking at options beyond regular lock-and-key can deter any unwanted entry, and add an even tighter layer of security to your home. Upgrading to Smart locks is a great security measure. These locks can be controlled by an app on your smartphone, and allow you to see when the door is being used, and notifies you when there is any sort of activity with the lock. You could even add a video doorbell to your front door, allowing you to see who is coming and going at all times.”
6. Motion Sensors are a Must
Motion Sensors are the popular choice again, as Kristen Bolig says, “Equipping your windows and doors with sensors that detect movement or change in heat are a great way to mitigate the risk of burglary or home invasion. This could mean light sensors at the front of your house, or window break sensors on all windows. This kind of immediate measure will alert you as soon as there is any sort of suspicious activity, and can also scare burglars by throwing them off with a loud noise or bright lights. Drawing any sort of unexpected attention to the burglar will immediately deter them and allow you more time to figure out your next steps.”
7. Always Keep A Light On
A well-lit house could deter most of the potential burglars. Jerry Han, Chief Marketing Officer at PrizeRebel says, “When everything is dark, it gives the indication that you’re asleep or you’re away. This, of course, is quite inviting for a burglar. However, keeping a light on is an indication that you’re there or can be back at any second.”
8. Get a Dog
The mere presence of a dog will put off most criminals, as Jerry Han recommends, “Having a dog is a great security system as well as a life companion. If an intruder tries to approach, they will bark their lungs off and scare them away.”
9. Keep Everything Locked
Han also advises never forgetting the basic- lock up; “Of course, it goes without saying that you should not only lock your doors, but also lock your windows and make sure it is secured.”
10. Eliminate Hiding Spots
“Big obstructions in your yard can serve as potential hiding spots for burglars. Trees, shrubs, and unruly bushes are great hiding places that should be trimmed regularly and kept tidy. Eliminating hiding spots expands your range of vision and deters burglars from approaching your home.” says Martin Orefice, the founder of Rent To Own Labs.
11. Ensure There Is Proper Lighting
Martin Orefice also advises lighting up your house; “When a burglar tries to break into a property, lighting is the first thing they notice. This explains why most burglaries happen in dimly lit areas. If your yard is not well-lit, it can attract unwanted attention from burglars and put your home at risk. Install spotlights in your yard to keep it brightly lit. Plus, it’s a great idea to opt for spotlights equipped with motion sensors that automatically switch the lights on when motion is detected.”