Home security is an important factor to consider in any dwelling. Many people think it may be wise or even fun to set a booby-trap in order to possibly catch a burglar in-the-act. While there are not only a number of legal reasons not to attempt to trap a burglar, there are also some dangerous repercussions involved.  Nonetheless, some individuals still decide to design and set their own traps for burglars. No one’s saying you shouldn’t defend yourself from intruders. You just shouldn’t set a premeditated trap for what you suspect might happen. There are countless solutions to deterring criminal activity on your property, the main one being a monitored home security system. However, here are some reasons that might make you think twice before setting a trap for a burglar.

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    Booby Traps are Illegal

    Perhaps the most important reason to avoid an attempt to trap a burglar is the fact that it is illegal. A booby trap may be defined as any concealed or camouflaged device designed to cause bodily injury when triggered by any action of a person making contact with the device. This term includes guns, ammunition, or explosive devices attached to trip wires or other triggering mechanisms, sharpened stakes, nails, spikes, electrical devices, lines or wires with hooks attached, and devices for the production of toxic fumes or gases.

    While it’s a commonly held belief that you can act in self-defense if an intruder enters your home, it’s a frequent occurrence that people who do just that find themselves facing legal action. In essence, if you set-up such a trap to protect your property from intruders, you will be liable for any injury or death even to an unwanted intruder such as a burglar.

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    You Are Putting Yourself in Danger

    It may be tempting to want to catch a burglar in-the-act, even if the trap has no harmful repercussions on the intruder’s end. However, there’s really no way to know how effective your human-trap will be in the event of a break-in. Let’s say you made a trap for a burglar, and finally, someone actually breaks into your home. The trap might fail you, not only making the intruder aware of your presence but also irritating them to a degree. In essence, you won’t know how efficient your trap will be until you test it out in a real-life burglary scenario.

    You Don’t Have To Put Yourself In Danger

    Why allow the possibility of putting yourself and your family even more at risk? Instead, consider a home security system from Protect America. For as low as $19.99 a month you can have professional 24/7 monitoring. This includes free equipment, a locked-in rate, and a lifetime warranty – not to mention the peace of mind you deserve. Even the best home-designed trap isn’t going to be as effective as a security system provided by a company specializing in home protection.

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    How to Scare Off Burglars without Harming Them

    While there are some safety precautions to deter burglars, use them in addition to a home security system monitored by a 24/7 professional monitoring team. Additional burglar deterrents include:

    • installing motion detecting lights outside your home
    • locking your doors and windows
    • putting your inside lights on a timer when you’re away
    • placing security signs and decals on the exterior of your property
    • having a dog or at least a “beware of dog” sign
    • installing fake (or real) security cameras around the house
    • putting bells on your door or windows to notify you when they open

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    Leave it Up to the Professionals

    All of these suggestions are safe ways to enhance the security of your home without facing possible legal repercussions because you accidentally hurt an intruder with your trap. We recommend you use these suggestions in addition to having a monitored home security system.

    There is satisfaction in being able to catch an intruder who intends to do you wrong. However, it’s better to have the benefit of a professionally designed system. This reduces the risk of your own safety or the safety of others. A monitored home security system is also the best solution for keeping your home and family safe. And Protect America proudly offers a variety of monitoring solutions to fit your home, lifestyle, and budget.