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Can you really scare burglars away and if so, how? We’ll help you make your home less appealing to burglars as well as give you some tips on how to improve your home’s security.
- Do Outside Lights Deter Burglars?
- Do Dogs Deter Burglars?
- Keep Thieves Off Your Property
- What Do Burglars Look For Inside?
- How To Prevent A Burglary
- Smart Devices To Protect Your Home
- Protect Your Home On Vacation
Burglars are automatically drawn towards homes with less lighting. If you have security lights installed on your property the chances of a burglar targeting your home decrease, but they don’t diminish completely. We definitely recommend having lights outside that are motion activated or just on when it’s dark, to help you see what’s going on around your property. You can find the best outdoor security lights here.
While having a dog does reduce your risk of being burglarized, we don’t recommend considering your dog an element of your security system. Burglars don’t want a dog to be barking at them and alert others of their presence and most will simply choose another home to burglarize. However, not all burglars think this way and unfortunately, too many dogs have been injured or worse during burglaries. Deterring intruders should not be your sole reason for owning a dog, but their barking does help.
In 2015, there were 327,374 robberies nationwide1. What’s stopping you from being the next one? Before entering a home, a burglar decides which house to target. This begins with them walking/driving throughout the neighborhood and getting an idea of your typical schedule. They may dress up as a repairman or some other type of worker to go unnoticed.
What Makes My Home More Vulnerable To Burglary?
- High privacy fence, so others cannot see them breaking in
- Overgrown shrubs or trees near the house, so they can’t see them break a window or inside
- Toys in the yard means kids live there, which means a mother may live there, which means jewelry
- No sight of burglary alarm from the outside, which includes signs, cameras, etc.
- No lights or activity throughout the home for long periods of time
After the burglar has chosen a home and broken in, they begin searching for anything valuable and target these rooms for these items:
- Master bedroom – cash, electronics, jewelry, safes
- Bathroom medicine cabinet – pills/narcotic prescriptions
- Kitchen and living room – electronics, personal information, car keys
- Office – credit cards, electronics, personal information, safes
- Garage – tools
Notice that burglars don’t target a child’s room very often. This is because valuables aren’t typically kept here. If you feel comfortable and your home’s layout allows for this, consider keeping your safe or other valuables in a secret place in your child’s room.
Find out how to deter burglars and how to make your home safe from intruders using these tips:
- Get a home security system. Having a residential burglar alarm system is known to reduce crime.2
- Don’t post company-specific alarm signs; this gives burglars a heads-up for how to disarm the system.
- Lock all doors and windows — many burglars enter a home through an unlocked access point making entry into your home simple.
- Do not hide a key around your property that is obvious. “Oh look, here’s a random rock next to the door, I wonder if there’s a key underneath.”
- Use deadbolts on exterior doors to make them even more difficult to enter.
- Close your garage door, leaving it open all day (even if you’re home) lets others see what valuables you have inside. See more garage security tips.
- Close your curtains so burglars can’t see what’s going on inside.
- Don’t mention when you’ll be away from your home to strangers or online. Keep your vacation plans to yourself until after you return.
- If you are away for a while, have a trusted neighbor collect any newspapers or other items that may be on your front step.
- If it snows and you’re away, have a neighbor walk/drive through your driveway to make it look like someone has been home recently.
- Use home automation devices to time the lights or television inside your home to turn on and off even when you’re away.
Video: Additional Home Security Ideas
Watch this video to hear tips from real burglars on how you can avoid being their target.
How To Scare Burglars Away (Infographic)
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One of the most effective ways to protect your home is with smart home security equipment. We’ve reviewed the devices below and bring you our top picks.
- Smart Locks
- Smoke Detectors
- Carbon Monoxide Detector
- Outdoor Security Cameras
- Outdoor Security Lights
- Wifi Security Cameras
We hope you’ve gained some valuable knowledge to help protect your valuables and home. But what if you’re not home? We’ve got you covered, check out our 10 tips to maximize home security while on vacation as well as holiday safety tips for you & your home.
What tips do you have for scaring off burglars?
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