Imagine you’re a burglar. You’re looking at two homes side by side. One is brightly lit. There is a television on. The lawn was just mowed and the hedges were just trimmed. You can visibly see the house number. There is a sign in the window alerting people they have a home security system. Then there’s the other home. It’s dark. It looks like no one has lived there in a month. The lawn is unkempt and the hedges are blocking the windows. If there is a house number, you cannot see it. There is no sign in the window. You are presented with these two houses. Which one are you going to rob? If you answered the first house, you would be asking to get caught. The fact of the matter is that the second house is simply more attractive to a burglar. At Protect America, we want to help you make informed decisions when it comes to home security. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of things you can do to make your home less attractive for burglars.
Being different is always a good thing. If you have the most lavish house in the neighborhood, there’s a significant chance that you will be targeted more for burglaries. Making sure your home blends in with the other homes in your neighborhood is a good start to making your home less attractive for burglars.
Make Sure You Have Visible Deterrents:
Don’t have a dog? Get a “Beware of Dog” sign to give off the impression that you do. Don’t have a home security system? You should. But if you don’t, buy a sign on the Internet that says you do. Burglars are much less likely to break into a home that appears secure.
Never Appear You’re Not Home:
Going on a vacation? Don’t let the world know. Don’t post it on Facebook. Burglars are smart enough to check these days. Tell the post office to hold your mail or ask a neighbor or friend to get it. Install timers to turn your lights on and off at certain times every day. Ask your neighbor to keep an eye on your home while you’re away. Always give off the impression that you’re home.
Don’t Flaunt Your Valuables:
Just got a brand new flat screen TV? Make sure it’s not visible when your blinds are open. Unload your new, shiny toys in your garage where people can’t see them. Burglars sometimes scope out homes for a while before actually breaking in to see if you have valuables. Don’t leave the boxes your new valuables came in on the curbside. Break them up, tear them down and dispose of them immediately. Always make sure to draw your blinds and curtains every night so no one can look inside of your home to see if you have valuables.
Get an Alarm System:
Installing a home security system is arguably the best thing you can do to deter burglars from breaking into your home. If you still don’t have a home security system, contact Protect America now at 888-951-5136 to get a free quote, or fill out the form on the right.