07 Aug How to Prevent Home Burglary
No matter how safe your neighborhood is, it is still vulnerable for a break-in. Many people find this out after coming home from being away only to find their belongings tossed all over the place and their expensive and cherished valuables gone. There are some things you can do to help keep your home from being broken into.
A house alarm is not going to bite or attack a burglar. If a burglar has the choice between two homes, he will more than likely choose the one without the dog. They do not want to risk the chance of being bitten or mauled by a dog.
If you think like a burglar, you might see things differently when it comes to protecting your home. Walk around your house. Would it be easy to climb up on a chair or ladder to get in a back window? Are you making it a little too easy for a burglar to get in? If the answer is yes, make sure that all your outside furniture and garbage cans are kept somewhere else when you are away from home. This will make your home less accessible to burglars.
Keep in mind that a burglar wants to get in and out of your house as quickly as possible. Their main goal is to grab as much as they can quickly and leave. If they have easy access to breaking a window or door on the first floor, it is an open invitation for a burglar. Think about installing double pane glass and more locks on all your first floor doors and windows. When you have items that slow a burglar down, they might move on to an easier home to get into.
Layer your home with protection. Think of it like an onion. To get to the middle part of the onion, you have to go through all levels of skin. In the same way, think about the layers of protection to your home. Do you have extra protection around the entry points on your home? For example, do the windows to your garage only have the lock on them? If so, consider adding steel bars inside the windows. All of a sudden, a burglar is looking at an extra layer of protection to find his way through. Never make it that easy for them.
Always make sure you have an effective home insurance policy in place in case you are burglarized so that the cost of replacing the items stolen is minimal.
The harder it is for a burglar to break into your home, the more likely they are to look the other way and choose another home. Protect yourself, your family and your possessions.