When a criminal sets out to burglarize a house, they will be the most drawn to ones that look easy to get in and out of, and that look like they have expensive items. There are a lot of ways you can make your home look less appealing to criminals. By following the advice provided below you can decrease your chances of finding yourself a victim of a break-in.
Have a lot of obstacles for them to get through
The harder you make it for a burglar to get into your home, the less likely they will be to attempt it. A locked gate can be a great start. Also, motion detecting lights and sprinklers can be an unpleasant surprise that may make them change their mind. The lights can also alert you and your nearby neighbors to the fact that someone is outside of your house.
Protect your garage
The garage is a very common target. They are generally easier to break into and they are separated from the house enough that a person can get in and out without waking up people inside the house. Put thick curtains on your garage windows and keep them closed. Also, only open your garage door when necessary.
If you have an automatic garage door opener, then you want to disable the emergency lever so a burglar can’t open it from the outside with a straightened-out metal coat hanger. To do this, take a zip tie and put it through the hole in the lever and connect it to the track so it can’t be yanked open.
Put up security screens
By putting security screens on the doors that lead to the outside you can make it more difficult for a person to break in and prevent them from coming in when you have your door open for fresh air. Make sure the security screens also have deadbolts, making them extremely hard to get into.
Install a security alarm
A security alarm will do an excellent job of keeping most criminals from thinking twice about breaking into your home. It will also help increase the chances of them getting caught if they do decide to go through with it. You should consider getting a security system that comes with cameras and that allows you to monitor the system from your laptop or mobile device. This way, you can login and view the cameras from anywhere. If you see something that doesn’t look right, then you can call it in immediately for a faster security alarm response.
The advice above will help you to create a home that you and your family members will feel safer in each time the doors get locked.