Easy Tips to Get Home Burglars Looking the Other WayFebruary 24, 2016
A break-in is something that all families dread having to experience, which is why it is essential to make your home seem as unappealing as possible to burglars. There are a few ways in which you can ensure that thieves literally decide to look the other way instead of trying to target your property.
Ensure Constant Activity
Most burglars will not risk breaking into a home where there always seems to be someone around. This is why it is a good idea to make your home look as though it is a constant hub of activity. If you need to be away for more than a day or two at a time, have a friend or neighbor pop in periodically to collect mail or parcel deliveries, mow your lawn or even hang a few loads of laundry out on your clothes line. Another great tip is to ask a neighbor to park a vehicle in your driveway from time to time, as this will give the impression that someone is home.
Invest in Decent Locks
When it comes to purchasing door and window locks, many home owners make the mistake of choosing the cheapest options possible. However, more expensive locks are usually rated as being sturdier and therefore more secure than the cheaper options – especially when installed properly. Always use longer screws than those that are supplied with the locks, as many of those in the so-called ‘complete kits’ will give way if a door is kicked or even shoved hard enough from the outside.
Lock up when leaving
Many home owners are in the habit of leaving back doors or even garage doors open when they are ‘just slipping out for a short while.’ However, many burglars are able to enter a home, remove valuables and exit again within 10 minutes or less. Always ensure that all of your home’s doors and windows are closed and securely locked whenever everyone is going to be away for any length of time. With regards to spare keys, even the most inexperienced burglar knows to check under your front door flower pot, under the door mat or beneath that seemingly decorative rock on your front porch. Leave spare keys with friends or trusted neighbors instead.
Install an Alarm System
Upon hearing an alarm go off, most burglars will high tail it off to a more appealing target, because they know that it will normally be a matter of minutes before the alarm company or police arrive. When used in conjunction with surveillance cameras, home owners can use them to see what is taking place in an around their properties when no one is around as well. An additional benefit is that insurance companies will often give additional discounts on premiums if a monitored alarm and camera system has been installed in a home.
It is imperative that alarms and camera systems are installed by accredited security or alarm companies, as failure to do so could result in an insurance claim not being paid out in the event of a burglary occurring.