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10 Effective Tips in Ensuring your Home to be Burglar-Free

Bob Papke

A 25 year Sammamish / Eastside resident who loves to help others realize their real estate dreams...

A 25 year Sammamish / Eastside resident who loves to help others realize their real estate dreams...

Oct 14 7 minutes read


Do you know that most burglaries actually take place during daylight hours? Because it is during this time that most people are at work, school, or running errands. They have more opportunity to mischief when people in the house are not around. That’s why It’s essential to be vigilant and take precautions during the day, at night, and any time you leave the house to ensure your home is secured at all times. There are plenty of inexpensive ways to burglar-proof your home. This guide will provide you effective prevention steps to take both inside and outside your home, and even ways to keep your home protected while you’re away on vacation. Don’t allow your home to fall prey to a thief. Make him regret he wasted his time and resources.

1.Build a fence and Keep them locked

One of the excellent ways to keep unwanted visitors off your property is to install a fence. Most people preferred Open chain-link or ornamental metal fencing because it is ideally secured into concrete to prevent lifting. Solid fences can be easier to climb and offer thieves a place to hide, though some homeowners prefer them for privacy and noise reduction. You can better secure them by having sharp pointed tops. It’s also worth investing in a quality padlock for each outside entrance, and it’s best to leave them locked at all times. Never leave your garage door open if you aren’t in it or outside and able to keep an eye on it.

2. Trim shrubbery around entrances and walkways

Sure thing, Landscaping makes your home more appealing, but large hedges and shrubbery provide a perfect hiding spot for quick burglars who can break in through a window or door in minutes. Keep shrubbery trimmed away from your entrances and walkways. The thief may only need a few minutes of cover to make his entry but with no place to hide while doing it, he’s less likely to even try. You could even plant thorny shrubs by your windows to make it not only difficult to break in but painful!

3.Stow expensive items in the garage

Your expensive grill may seem like a hassle to roll out every barbecue day, but leaving it out makes it an easy target for thieves. They don’t even have to break in to grab it, and if it has wheels it can be a breeze to sneak away with. If you must park on the street, do so in a well-lit area. Never leave anything of value in plain view like cell phones, purses, GPS devices, and satellite radios.  Always lock the doors and roll-up windows. Break-ins can occur in even the safest neighborhoods, and an unlocked car is one of the easiest possible targets. Never leave a spare key in the visor or anywhere else inside, even if the car is locked.

4. Replace the locks when moving into a new home

If you're renting a house, make sure to ask the landlord to change all of them if it wasn’t already done. Even if an old tenant returned all the keys originally issued, there is no guarantee that there were no other copies made and distributed. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to a stranger being able to walk into your locked home.

5. Secure valuables in a home safe

Have a safe bolted to the floor even If it is small and not mounted since many burglars will simply take it with them. Only a trusted loved one should know the password in case of an emergency. Don’t leave it posted anywhere in your house that is easily accessible to an intruder.

6. Don’t label your personal keys or hide spares outside your house

Thieves are aware some people hide their keys under mats and in the gravel for fake rocks, so instead of hiding keys, leave a spare with a trusted neighbor. Don’t label your keys because in the event that it gets lost or stolen you could be in big trouble, especially if your wallet with your ID and address are with them. If you live in a rural area and your closest neighbor is miles down the road, opt for a combination lockbox in a discreet area of your property.

7. Get Friends with your neighbors

Tight-knit communities tend to have lower crime rates because neighbors usually look out for each other and can easily spot a stranger. They can be your best assets in home crime prevention because they offer extra eyes and an outside perspective. Also in case, they have a different work or school schedule from yours, they might be around during the day when you’re away and can alert you to any suspicious happenings that may occur in your absence.

8. Keep all doors and windows locked at all times

Do not invite burglars to easily enter your home by leaving your door or window open unattended. Always keep them close and securely locked whether you’re home or not. Thieves are experts in spotting weak locks that would be easily forced open. Make sure your exterior doors have deadbolt locks. Sliding doors should have vertical bolts and a metal or wooden rod in the track to prevent being forced open or doors being lifted off the track. no matter how brief you go outside, never leave your home without locking the front door. Even if it’s pouring rain, don’t forget to take the extra moment to lock up. Burglars don’t take days off due to weather!

9. Consider buying a home security system

Though it may seem inconvenient to have to arm the system every time you leave the house, many burglars are aware that the responsibility is often neglected and may not be deterred by window stickers or yard signs warning of home protection. There are now countless features with any security system. Select the features that suit your needs and be sure to go with a well-known, reputable local security system installers. Once it’s installed, make it a regular habit to use it.

10. Don’t announce your vacation trip

It’s really tempting to brag about your upcoming vacation all over Facebook and other social media, but by doing this, you are setting your home up as a target for burglars. The more people who know there will be no one left in the house, the more you open yourself up to the possibility of a break-in. The same thing with your landline, don’t leave a message on your answering machine that you’re out of town. Some reports even indicate that intruders use Facebook to determine when homeowners were away, giving them the perfect time to plot home invasions.

1.Build a fence and Keep them locked.

One of the excellent ways to keep unwanted visitors off your property is to install a fence. Most people preferred Open chain-link or ornamental metal fencing because it is ideally secured into concrete to prevent lifting. Solid fences can be easier to climb and offer thieves a place to hide, though some homeowners prefer them for privacy and noise reduction. You can better secure them by having sharp pointed tops. It’s also worth investing in a quality padlock for each outside entrance, and it’s best to leave them locked at all times. Never leave your garage door open if you aren’t in it or outside and able to keep an eye on it.

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