There is no better way to find out how to protect a home from burglary than to hear former thieves give their summaries about how they had gotten into homes during their crimes. Burglars search for particular homes to target. There are several tell-tale signs that indicate that a home is more likely to be a goldmine simply because of actions the homeowners take in its presentation. Some of these signs include:
- Failing to maintain the property
- Leaving visible signs of vacancy
- Not having the right security equipment
An estimated 3.7 million household burglaries occurred each year on average from 2003 to 2007. In about 28% of these burglaries, a household member was present during the burglary.
It is a scary prospect to think about someone breaking and entering when someone is in the home. How does one protect a home from this occurrence? Here are some home security tips that were collected from thieves to help to keep a home safely protected against becoming the target of a robbery.
Keep The Home In View
A home with an overgrown tree or shrub strategically placed next to a window or doorway is more apt to become a target than a home without any foliage whatsoever covering these entryways. A burglar will target a home where they are able to hide without being seen by inhabitants, neighbors, or even people passing the structure. Make it a priority to tend to all landscaping needs. This will remove areas where thieves can blend in with the shadows, making it harder for a robbery to take place as a result. In addition, make sure illumination outside of the home is adequate. Floodlights or motion detection lighting will help to keep the home visible, making it harder for someone to gain entry without being noticed.
Make The Home Appear Lived In
Even though the above statistic indicates that people still fall victim to robbery while in the home, it is always best to make a home look lived in rather than vacant. If there are no signs of life for several days around a property, someone who has been casing out the area will be more inclined to make their move if they feel they will not be seen. When going away for any length of time, have a trusted friend or family member stop by the home to collect any mail in the mailbox so it does not accumulate. A car in the driveway at different times of the day or night will keep prospective thieves on their toes, making it difficult for them to pinpoint the perfect time to strike.
Don’t Skimp On Security Necessities
There’s no doubt about it, having a security system within the home is one of the best ways to keep robbery from happening altogether. An alarm system will alert not only a thief that they targeted the wrong home, but will also keep neighbors abreast of the situation as well. This will make it more likely that a perpetrator is caught for their wrong-doing. Surveillance cameras, motion detection lighting or alarms, and heavy-duty locks all work well at keeping thieves where they belong; outside of the home. These measures give homeowners the peace of mind that people inside of the home, as well as personal belongings, will not be at risk of harm.
If security tools are not in the budget at the moment, pretending they are on the premise is also beneficial. Placing a few signs on the property indicating there is an alarm system present, could make a potential robbery less desirable to a thief. It is likely they will not be as quick to take the chance in trying to break and enter if there is a risk of being caught. However, this method should only be used short-term while saving up money for a true security system. If word gets out that there is indeed no system in place, the home will be vulnerable whether signs are present or not.