Although the number of burglaries is at its lowest point in the last five decades, property crime still happens. Regardless of where you live, home safety is an important issue, and as a responsible homeowner, you should take measures of precaution to prevent burglary or even better, an attempt. Securing your home is a complex task that calls for inspection to determine vulnerable points, as well as proper organization when it comes to setting a list of priorities. To learn more about how to keep your home safe from unwanted visitors, here is a list of must do’s.
Do some landscaping
Absurd as it seems, neat front yard sends a message that you take care of your home well. Keep children’s toys off the lawn because it will be easy to assume that there are kid’s entertainment inside the house, like game consoles that burglars can sell fast on the street. Trim high bushes around the house since they can be good hiding spot. Also, prune trees if branches can allow access to roof or windows.
Upgrade your front door
Around one-third of property crimes starts at the very front door. For that matter, check on every door around your house. The best type of doors is a solid wood or metal door with a peephole and deadbolt. Make sure that hinges are on the inside and secure the pet doors if there is any. Avoid having glass near doorknob or reinforce it with safety glass. Avoid dual cylinder locks because you can end up trapped inside the house.
A great percentage of burglars get their entrance right through the open windows. Make sure to keep them closed and locked, even when you are at home. You may wish to reinforce your windows with safety glass. Do not forget securing windows on your basement as well as on garage, and consider installing metal bars. Make use of curtains and drapes to block the view from the outside.
Invest in quality outdoor lighting
Light happens to deter burglars since it is much easier to hide in the dark. You can install motion sensor lighting and focus on front doors and dark areas around the house. Any movement will turn on lights and signal you that something is going on over there. Although you will possibly have more than a few false alarms because of a neighbors pets or wildlife, keep in mind that instant spotlight will turn away any unwanted visitor.
Consider getting a dog
Dogs are perfect burglar repellent, especially loud yappy ones. No need to train your dog to stop and disarm a burglar because usual barking will be more than enough. Think of them as loyal friends and furry alarm systems.
Don’t show off
Try to appear as if you don’t have any luxury items, meaning, don’t keep them in plain sight. Think of a slight redesigning, move expensive stuff away from windows or keep blinds closed. Also, keep your new motorcycle or expensive car in the garage. Make sure to conceal boxes of appliances that you recently bought.
Invest in a home security system
Security systems are one of the reasons why property crime rate is declining. There are plenty of options on the market, so look for the one that suits your needs and budget. Usually, the alarm system with motion detection and external sensors will do the job. However, some people never really adopt a habit of turning it on every time they leave the house, which is exactly what burglars are counting on.
Build a fence
Make your home unapproachable for unwanted visitors and build a fence. Metal fences with sharply pointed tops will be a great turn off for intruders. In addition to that, having an automated security gate will make your home completely off the map for any local property criminal. Keep in mind that there are wonderfully designed fences that will not only secure your home, but it will look fabulous, and it will improve overall curb appeal.
Rely on neighbors
Good relationships are the key to a safe neighborhood, so make sure to get to know people next door. Mutual trust and helping out comes naturally, once you put minimal effort into simply being friendly with your neighbors. A good neighbor will keep an eye on your home and let you know if something suspicious is going on while you are away.
Home is where we find our refuge from busy and unsafe world around us. It is a place of peace and comfort, where we feel safe and at ease. Burglaries do not always happen to someone else, so make sure to do everything that is in your power to prevent intruders from coming even close to your home.
Audrey Taylor was born in San Francisco and moved to Adelaide at the age of five. Marketer researcher and social media manager on hold, full – time mommy of a cheerful two-year-old. Graduated from Queensford college, worked in a couple of marketing agencies across Australia, eager to learn more about business and share her experiences. Traveled across Europe. Her hobbies include home decor, fashion, travel, music, old movies.