Having your home burglarized is probably one of the most frightening things that could happen in your life. Many people don’t think it could happen to them, unfortunately over 8,000 home burglaries happen each day. Only a low percentage of burglars are caught, which means you don’t ever get back your belongings. Below are a few ways to burglar proof your home.
- Pick Your Location Carefully- Before purchasing your new home, make sure you know crime statistics in the neighborhood you’re about to move in to. I’d first go to the local police department.
- Call Your Local Police Dept.- Call and ask if they have some type of home-security program. They’ll point out weaknesses and inform you on other things like locks, lighting, etc.
- Get a Dog- Allergic to dogs? Just buy one of those “beware of dog” signs. I know I would think twice about burglarizing a home with a “beware of dog” sign on the fence.
- Security Cameras- If you’re going to put cameras up, make sure they actually work. Great investment in the long run. A substitute for cameras would probably be motion lights to possibly scare off the criminal.
- Be Aware of Your Surroundings- Know who and what is around you, know who is coming in and out of your home. BE AWARE!
- Maintain the Live in Look- If you’re going out-of-town, make sure it’s not obvious. Make sure every lock is locked(including your tool shed), stop the newspaper, let a neighbor or a friend know you’re going out-of-town. Make sure you lock your garage. Also think about investing in a dead bolt lock for when you’re going out-of-town for your garage door.
Burglar rates are the highest in August, so start preparing your home now. Although there is no 100% burglar proof home, these tips can help make your home less attractive to criminals. Below is a picture from the Washington Post that you may find beneficial.
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