You may think that your home is secure, but burglars are quick to find vulnerable spots on your property where they can enter. Most people only tend to worry about night time security, but your home is an easy target during daylight hours when you’re at work or running errands.
It is up to you as a home owner to ensure that you don’t give intruders an opportunity. Follow these simple steps to eliminate their chances.
1. Don’t give burglars a place to hide.
Make sure to trim shrubbery around your property, especially close to entrances or windows. You don’t want to make it easy for burglars to find cover and test your home for weak spots.
2. Get a dog
A loyal guard dog is an excellent burglar deterrent and will make a potential intruder think twice before targeting your property. No burglar wants to draw attention to himself and a barking dog will do just that.
3. Install an alarm
There are many home security options on the market, do some research and find the one that is right for your budget and your needs. A loud alarm will scare off a burglar before they’ve been able to do any real damage and will alert people to suspicious activity on your property.
4. Hide your valuables
Leaving bikes, tools and expensive toys lying around outside invites potential burglars onto your property. It’s easy for them to pick up a bike and wheel it away. It may also pique the interest of intruders, making them wonder what other valuables you have in your home. Don’t give them a reason to come back.
5. Hang curtains
Bare windows invite prying eyes. Hang curtains on all windows, especially street facing ones, to avoid putting your household goods on display.
6. Don’t advertise on social media
If you’re going on a family vacation, don’t announce it on Facebook. Savvy burglars use social media to find empty homes that are easy targets.
7. Make friends with your neighbours
Neighbours who are vigilant about monitoring the activities of their community have lower crime rates. They can keep a watchful eye on your property if you’re on vacation and alert you the moment any suspicious activity occurs.
8. Don’t hide spare keys on your property
Burglars know that spare keys are hidden under mats or in pot plants. Rather give your keys to a trusted neighbour or relative.
9. Keep your property well lit.
Intruders rely on the cover of darkness to walk around your property and find a way in. Install outdoor lighting in such a way as to make it difficult for an intruder to get anywhere near the windows or doors of your home. Motion-detection floodlights for the more shadowed areas of your property creates extra security as well.
10. Upgrade your locks
Burglars can very quickly pick a conventional front door lock, so your home is easy pickings if this is what you rely on to keep intruders out. Opt for multi locking systems that will take a lot more effort and time to get through, most burglars will give up once they realize that it is going to be a struggle.
These 10 tips will help to secure your home and make it difficult for potential intruders to break in and make off with your valuables and belongings. Don’t give them a chance, make them think twice about targeting your home.