No one wants to come home only to find their place has been ransacked. But how many of us are proactive about our security? And when was the last time you did a safety assessment on your house from the standpoint of security against intruders?
Want some how-to tips on keeping your home safe from intruders? Read on!
1. Keep an eye out.
Specifically, use a monitoring system for your front door. In an interview with various offenders, many stated they came directly to the door and rang the bell to determine if anyone was at home. Having a video monitor connected to your doorbell is a great way to ward thieves off without having to come face to face with them.
2. Fortify your door.
In shocking surveillance video footage, a couple was seen using a home’s doggie door to break into a house. Evaluate whether your door could be an opening a robber could climb through. If it is, consider boarding that up and simply using the main door for your pet. Main points of entry into your house should also have deadbolts on them. And sliding doors should have a plank or metal bar closeby to place inside the door track to keep thieves from forcing open the door.
3. Allow your neighbors to be nosy.
In fact, encourage your neighbors to be nosy. Even if you do not have a neighborhood watch, a nosy neighbor is an effective deterrent for robbers. If you will be gone for a couple of days, or even a day, ask your neighbor to keep an eye on your place. Offenders have stated that neighbors who have come up to them and asked questions often caused them to abandon a targeted house.
4. A security system.
There are various ways to discourage thieves from targeting your house. Having a security system installed lets thieves know that their every move will be monitored. And many thieves state that the alarm noise of a triggered system was enough to get them to flee the scene. Most security systems will come with a monitoring option as well. So a triggered alarm system will send a call to the police or your security force of choice.
5. Always lock up.
Questioned offenders state that they will often get into a house through unlocked doors and windows! Even if you are only gone to get milk, if there is no one else at home, your house is at risk. Establish the habit of doing a walk-through of your house and locking all doors and windows before leaving. Yes, it will take extra time to get out the door. But just think of the grief you could be saving yourself by doing so. Not to mention the protection of your valuables!
6. Make it look like someone is always home.
There is a reason that thieves like to break in during the morning hours. Here’s why… Most people are at work, dropping kids off at school, or out and about for some other reason during the morning. At night, however, there’s a greater chance people and neighbors will be at home. Above all else, thieves look for signs of an empty house. For example, whether a car is in the driveway or not. A house with no car in the driveway tells the thief that no one is at home. Also, a mailbox with lots of mail is a sign that the occupants have been gone for a few days. See what you can do to keep your house looking lived in and occupied. For example, if you’re going to be out of town for a few days, have a neighbor pick up your mail. Or leave your car at home, instead of parking it at the airport.
If you are serious about thwarting thieves, consider instituting some of the above proactive home security tips from Alder Home Security’s Instagram Page.