With a break-in happening often, burglars are always looking for new victims. They’re especially on the lookout during the holidays when people tend to be away from their homes more often and they want to take advantage of all those empty houses. But if you follow these simple tips, your property will be safe from intruders.
Use a timer for lights to deter intruders
If someone is watching your house and sees lights turn on and off at the same times every day, they will know that no one’s there and they can take advantage. However, if you use a timer to keep those lamps turned on for about an hour after dark, intruders won’t stand a chance.
And if you have a vacation coming up, the timer can be a lifesaver. Just set it to turn on and off at the same times each day, and you can relax knowing that your house is being watched over.
Keep doors and windows locked at all times, even when you are at home
One of the most important things you can do to protect your home from burglars is to keep all the doors and windows locked at all times, even when you are at home. This may seem like a hassle, but it’s worth it in the long run.
Burglars often try to enter homes through unlocked doors and windows, so if you have them locked at all times, you will be less likely to fall victim to their crimes. And if you have a security system, that’s even better; it will make it more difficult for burglars to get into your home undetected.
So please, take the time to lock your doors and windows, and don’t forget to do so even when you’re at home. You’ll be glad you did when that happens. You can also install home security screen doors in the home to improve security and deter burglars.
Always lock the garage door too
Some people don’t think to lock their garage door when they leave the house, but it’s a common area for break-ins. Because garages are attached to your home and have a manual door opener that can be easily taken, burglars often choose them as targets because you’re opening yourself up for trouble by not locking it. So please, make sure you always lock the garage door too when you leave your home.
Don’t leave your belongings out in plain sight
Another way burglars can get into your house is through the windows. Many times, people will leave boxes or bags full of clothes outside because there’s not enough room inside to store them until they are washed and dried.
But if you leave these boxes or bags outside, they will be visible to anyone who walks by—including burglars. And once they see your stuff lying on the ground, they’ll assume there is nothing inside the house and try to break in. So please, take whatever you can’t set out for trash collection inside until it’s time to pick up your clothes.
And remember, the break-in doesn’t only affect your belongings; it could put others at risk too. If you leave a window open and someone attempts to break in, your dog or cat may escape and run around outside. And because many people (including burglars) don’t like dogs, they might try to hurt them. So keep your pets inside at all times to keep them safe from intruders.
Install motion sensor lighting outside your house or security system
When it comes to protecting your home from intruders, one of the best things you can do is install a motion sensor light in front or around your house. This way, if a burglar approaches the home, they will automatically be spotted and caught because the lights turn on every time someone gets near the property.
In addition to outside lighting, you should also consider getting a security system. This may seem like an unnecessary expense, but it’s worth it in the end. The more expensive your home is, the more likely burglars will try to break into it; so if you have expensive belongings that could be stolen at any time, then please get a security system for the sake of those items.
In some areas, a security system can also help reduce your insurance premiums. So if you live in an area where those premiums are tied to the crime rate and the number of break-ins that occur near your house, then investing in a security system might be a great way to save money over time.
If you want to protect your home from burglars, there are a few tips you can consider. If these tips sound like too much work for one person while away on vacation, hire an expert who has experience with these issues to help secure your home.