How to Make Your Home Safe From Burglary
Implement a plan to protect your home from theft
By Daniel Ray
Homeowners can help make their homes less inviting to a burglar by making just a few changes. A burglar who has to work hard or feels vulnerable will likely go somewhere else. Put yourself in a security frame of mind and examine your house for security weaknesses. Don't make it easy for a burglar.
- What You Need to Know
- Besides a home alarm, consider a perimeter alarm or a driveway alarm to alert you to someone entering your yard.
- Motion sensor lights are helpful to alert the neighbors and also to illuminate a shady character lurking nearby. A strong safe, bolted into your concrete foundation will deter some criminals.
- Residential burglary can be a devastating crime for the homeowner. In addition to the loss of valuable keepsakes, the feeling of being violated can be overwhelming.
- Many home insurance companies give a premium discount if your house is monitored by an alarm system. Don't forget to factor the discount into your decision to purchase an alarm system.
Install an alarm system monitored by a security firm. The security firm sounds the alarm when a door or window sensor is tripped. A driveway alarm will trigger an indoor signal when someone pulls into your driveway. These alarms may be disabled during the day but enabled at night when burglars prowl.
Install security lights on the exterior of the house. Prune or remove trees or shrubs around doors or windows. Eliminate any areas where a burglar has cover to operate unseen. Motion sensor lights can frighten away a would-be criminal and tip off the neighbors to a crime in progress.
Adopt a dog. Post "Beware of the Dog" signs. A barking dog will cause a commotion, and the burglar will go somewhere else. There are many houses without dogs for burglars to target.
Practice security 24 hours a day. Don't leave the garage door open when you are not outside. Lock doors and windows. Don't leave house keys under the doormat or flowerpot at the front door.
Install a security safe to store valuable items like firearms and jewelry. Bolt your safe into your concrete foundation or put it in a spot where no one will find it, such as a built-in area beneath your staircase. Ensure all items are inventoried and serial numbers have been recorded. Consider adding a rider to your insurance policy to cover these expensive items.
Check all door and window locks for security. Make sure all locks function correctly and replace any that are defective. In addition, change the locks on your doors occasionally. House keys are easy to copy if a family member leaves them lying around somewhere.
Have a neighbor keep an eye on your house when you are on vacation. Keep newspapers and mail from accumulating and giving the impression that you are away from home. Put some lights on timers so that the house looks occupied. Join a "neighborhood watch" and keep an eye out for your neighbors in exchange for them looking after your home. As a bonus, your entire neighborhood will be safer.
About the Author
Daniel Ray is a contributor to DexKnows.com.
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