4 Ways to Prevent Burglars from Choosing Your Home

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If your house was vulnerable to burglars, wouldn’t you want to know?

The reality is that there are many things people unknowingly do each day that makes their homes easy targets for criminals. In this article, we’ll discuss the most common things that burglars look for and how to safeguard your home from potential break-ins.

Let’s begin.

1. Lock Your Doors – Always!

Over one-third of burglars enter the home through the front door. It’s easy enough, after all.

Many times, a burglar will walk up to the front door, knock to see if someone is home and then try the door. If the door is unlocked, they can walk right in and have access to all of your belongings.

Even if you’re doing something quick like running your dog to the vet or dropping something off at the post office, lock your doors. Same with if you’re playing in the backyard with the kids. An open home is an open invitation for criminals.

2. Be Unpredictable…At Least Sometimes

Many times, burglars will scope out the properties they’re interested in burglarizing. Their purpose is to strike when the moment is right. That’s why burglars love predictability.

Statistically speaking, a burglar will spend between 8-12 minutes in your home, so he only needs a short window to do serious damage.

Of course, you can’t help if you leave every day at the same time to catch the train for work. But you can protect your home with a home automation system that allows you to turn on/off lights and appliances, plus open and close curtains. This can throw off a burglar.

3. Shut and Lock Windows (Even on the Second Floor!)

It’s not just Spiderman who can get through your second floor windows. Burglars look for these windows to be open or unlocked. They won’t hesitate to use a ladder, either.

Lock all windows when you’re not home, and make sure all windows are monitored with window alarm sensors as part of your security system. If a burglar were to enter, you would know immediately. Don’t forget about other accessible windows such as those found in the basement. When there’s a will, there’s a way.

4. Proudly Display Security Stickers and Signs

When a property proudly displays that it’s protected by a home security system, criminals are far less likely to target the home. And if they do try to get in, the alarm will sound and the police will be alerted. It’s highly unlikely that a burglar will stick around and risk getting caught.

However, don’t get lazy with your security system. You have it for a reason. Be diligent about activating the alarm each time you leave the home.

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