Home burglaries are sadly one of the most common crimes suffered, but it doesn’t have to be this way! There are lots of easy steps you can take to minimize the chances of your home being targeted by would-be thieves.
- Invest in a home alarm system
- Strong doors and locks
- Security film on windows
- Call forwarding
- Halt mail
- Ask for help from a neighbour
- Keep valuables out of sight
- Did we mention invest in a home alarm system?
This is one of the most important and effective things you can do to protect your home. The security against burglary is more than worth the initial cost of installation. Make sure you have enough sensors to cover all potential points of entry. Home alarm systems are available with a wide array of options and features, so you are sure to find one that fits your needs and budget.
Simply making it physically difficult to break into your house is also important. Strong deadbolt locks and solid core doors make it harder for a burglar to kick their way in.
Windows will always be easier to break than doors. Fortunately, security films can make it harder to shatter windows.
A phone ringing without being answered is another tell-tale sign that nobody is home. See if you can have your home phone forward calls to your mobile when you are away.
A big pile of uncollected mail is a clear sign that you are on vacation and that the home is empty. If you are going to be away for several days, ask your mail carrier to halt delivery until you return.
Getting to know your neighbours is really useful. A tight-knit community makes it harder for a burglar to anonymously move around. Ask neighbours to keep an eye on your house while you’re away. If they notice that someone is on your property while you’re still supposed to be away, the can alert the local police and have them come investigate.
A brand new home theatre system visible in your window from the sidewalk can tempt a burglar into choosing your home as their next target. Try to make sure highly valuable or desirable belongings are not easily visible from the outside.
Although we may have a little bias on this one, nothing turns off potential burglars faster than a strong home security system. Whether they see the PROTECTION PLUS ® sticker in your window or hear the alarm activate upon trying to enter your home, robbers will be scared off immediately upon learning that your home is protected!