You would often see burglars in movies as people dressed in black leather and armed with advanced hacking tools. In reality, however, professional burglars don’t always look like that. Sometimes, they can dress up as your mailman, repair guy or even your security technician.
Professional burglars are a lot smarter than you think. Because of this, it’s essential that you go beyond the basic safety measures in protecting your home. Here are some of the best ways:
1. Get quality doors and locks
One of the most common ways burglars get access to a home is right through the front door. By investing in solid doors and deadbolt locks, you’ll be making their job a lot more difficult. Burglars typically take just a few seconds in picking door locks and if they can’t get inside their target home in the shortest possible time, they’re likely to move on to their next target.
2. Improve your curb appeal
Cut down tall grass and trim overgrown bushes to avoid looking like the most vulnerable home in your area. Make sure to empty your trash barrels and remove piles of newspapers to avoid making the impression that no one is at home. Clearing out your yard can also increase your property’s visibility which can help decrease the chances of burglars prying around. You can also add security yard signs to deter intruders.
3. Install a security system
A security system is one of the best ways to protect your home. Burglars tend to avoid homes armed with surveillance systems as they don’t want to risk their identities.
However, it’s not enough that you pick just about any system. You have to consider the size of your home, the number of possible entry ways and your lifestyle. If possible, you can also add a 4G home monitoring camera to your system. Such camera is able to deliver quality images and videos even when streamed over 4G.
4. Add more lights and cameras
Because burglars are more active during the night, it’s a good idea to add motion-activated lights since they respond to even the slightest sign of movement. They can send potential burglars scampering away while alerting your neighbors.
Aside from lightings, you can also add a few outdoor cameras. Place them in high areas but keep them visible.
5. Upgrade your doorbell
With almost every part of your home getting smarter, you should also consider upgrading your doorbells. Pick one that includes a streaming video camera with an outdoor light to make it easier for you to know who’s at your front door. As burglars often disguise themselves as people offering services or pretend they’re lost, you can quickly address their questions without physically endangering yourself.
There are also smart doorbells that can send notifications to your smart phone every time someone is at your front door. It’s a good idea to invest in such devices, particularly if you’re not at home most of the time.
6. Secure your home properly when leaving for a vacation
When you’re planning a trip, it’s a good idea to avoid advertising your plans on your social media account. You should also limit the number of people who know you’ll be out of your home for a couple of days. If possible, put your newspaper and mail on hold until you get back or have a friend or relative to pick them up for you.
Don’t leave any spare keys anywhere in your yard. If leaving duplicate keys is a must, consider a trusted neighbor or relative to keep it for you until you return.
7. Keep expensive items out of sight
As much as possible, keep your most valuable items away from areas that can be easily seen by passersby. Your flat screen TV, for example, should not be visible from across the street. Boxes of newly bought appliances shouldn’t also be left lying around your yard. Burglars scout their target home for a couple of days before they actually attack. Avoid giving them reasons to pick your home.
Aside from large items, you should also collect small valuables, such as jewelry and money, and place them inside a safe. Another alternative is to create hiding spots at home, like making hollowed out books and fake wall sockets where you can hide small bills. Pulling your curtains down is another good way of making sure no prying eyes can see what you have at home.
8. Lock your garage
Even if you are at home, never leave your garage open, particularly when not in use. Keep in mind to lock the connecting door to your home, too. Another key thing to remember about your garage is that you should keep your valuable items pushed further inside. Motorcycles, bikes and expensive tools should also be locked and hidden.