Whether you live in an urban downtown or a nice suburb, you can never be too sure when it comes to burglaries. If there are ways to get inside the household with minimum attention at a time where no one is around the house, a burglar interested in your house will find it somehow. They are always on a lookout for any opportunities they can get to make their way into the house and rake in as much valuables as they can.
Burglars have come up with more clever ways to carry out theft in a systematic manner that involves minimal risk. They may look for expensive cars parked in the drive way, check that house out for points of entry, then mark a nearby post or the letterbox. The trespassers will then come in the dark of night, knowing which house to target.
No matter how intricate their methods get, you can always outsmart them with some ingenuity to secure your household. Let’s go through some of the ways to protect your home from burglars.
1. Make sure the doors and windows are locked before going to bed
As measly as this one may seem, the number of homeowners that take this basic preventative measure for granted is staggering. Around 40% of break ins occur without the use of force. So, the least you can do is make sure that the deadbolts on the doors are shut close and the windows are locked close as well. When choosing windows for your home, keep security in mind and go for security geared designs.
2. Don’t be a show off
Most of the burglars do their research first, and if you have expensive electronics being flaunted by the front window, your home is going to be a viable target. You don’t want to be loud about your possessions whatsoever. Additionally, be mindful of how you discard the packaging or boxes of your huge flat screen or other electronics. Do not leave them out to wait for the garbage man to pick up. Cram it in the garbage bin if you have to but don’t leave it on display. You also might want to keep the living room flat screen in a not so easy to spot area from the front window.
3. Get a dog. A small one will do just fine.
Dogs make great companions and guards. When you think of a guard dog, the first few breeds that rush to mind are Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Doberman pinschers. Even though large scary guard dogs can scare away burglars, smaller breeds are sufficient too. No matter what kind of dog you have in the house, it will complicate the situation for the burglar and he would not want to get involved since they usually look for easy jobs.
4. Install a CCTV system
CCTV systems are a lot more inexpensive now than they used to be a decade ago. No matter how small your house is, CCTV cameras can cover your entire property and give you a live feed on a monitor you can place in your garage or the kitchen. Burglars stay clear of homes equipped with CCTV cameras and if a robbery does take place, the footage will be helpful to the police to track down the culprit.