Cost Effective Ways to Deter BurglarsFebruary 7, 2022
Over the past few years, the amount of burglaries that have occurred around the country has increased substantially – resulting in more homeowners than ever having residential alarm systems installed. Although alarms are one of the most effective deterrents against having your home burgled, additional – and affordable – measures can be implemented to help make your home less appealing to burglars.
1. CCTV Cameras
While camera systems used to be quite expensive, they have now become more affordable and better quality than ever before. Nowadays, systems are available that allow homeowners to view activity taking place in and around their properties while they’re away – which can also be extremely handy if you have hired a house sitter. An option is also available if property owners want to record any activity that takes place.
2. Outdoor LED Lighting
High quality outdoor lighting has been proven to be one of the most effective deterrents against burglars because the last thing an intruder wants is for everyone to be able to see what they are up to while breaking in.
When purchasing light fittings, ensure that they are suitable for outdoor use because this will prevent them from malfunctioning when it rains or snows. Opting for LED lights will also not only provide a higher quality of light around your home; these fixtures will help safeguard your property for a fraction of the operating cost of halogen or even energy saver lights because they are up to 90% more energy efficient.
3. “Beware of the Dog” Signage
Regardless of whether you have a dog or not, placing a few of these signs on the outside of your property will go a long way in helping to deter all but the most determined burglars. After all, no one wants to take the risk of hopping over a wall, only to run the risk of being met by an angry Fido on the other side!
4. Keep that Curbside Clean
Research has indicated that several homeowners reported being burgled after they had purchased costly gadgets, appliances and brand name clothing. Most of these incidents occurred because the empty boxes and packaging had been placed out on the curb for pickup, making it easy for burglars to see what they could expect to find in a particular property.
If you intend making purchases like these, always rip boxes and packaging into smaller pieces – or even burn them if your city allows it.
5. Tend your Yard
Most burglars prefer properties where their activities won’t be noticed and there have been several cases where trash cans or even overhanging trees have been used to gain unlawful access to a home.
Ensure that trees and bushes are trimmed well away from windows and boundary walls to ensure that as clear a view as possible is provided of your property.
If you would like to find out more about having a CCTV system installed around your home, get in touch with our consultants today to discuss the various options that are available.