Home break-ins can be stressful and financially costly. It doesn’t matter the time of the day or the neighborhood you live in, these types of break-ins can occur to anyone. However, it is more common for this to happen during the summer season. This is because people are usually on vacation during that time frame and windows are left open due to the hot weather. Some of the tactics burglars use when breaking into a house is doing things fast, hiding, and using force.
The following are tips on how to help prevent a house break-in:
- Locking all possible entrances. This usually means windows and doors. It doesn’t matter if you are inside your house, are just leaving for a little time or a long time, doing this is a must in order to prevent a house break-in. Garage doors should also be locked to keep your cars and goods safe. This holds true for your valuables and most precious possessions. Whether it’s money, precious metals, jewelry, pieces of art, etc. you always want to keep them locked.
- Don’t leave the same passcodes all the time. This holds true for those houses that have electronic systems to protect them from theft.
- Cover your windows. Burglars almost always to an inventory on what goods you have at your home. If they can’t see anything, they will be less likely to go into your home.
- Installing sensors that detect motion. Other options include upgrading sliding glass door locks and putting deadbolt locks as these ones tend to be safer than other types of locks.
- Don’t hide the keys outside. Some people have the tendency to keep a pair of keys outside either in a hidden spot or outside of their car in case they get locked out. Robbers can spot where the keys are and get them in order to get into your home.
- Trim bushes and shrubs. Trees and other types of plants allow burglars to have a place to hide. If you cut your trees and trim them often, they will be less likely to hide in these places and thus will be less motivated to go into your house.
- Give it a lived-in look in case you go out for long periods of time. Pretending you are at home when you are not will keep burglars away. Some ways in which you can give your house a live-in look is by keeping your own car or a neighbor’s car in the driveway. Also, keeping both curtains and putting lights on using timers is advisable. Make someone collect your mail every 24 to 72 hours. Cancel (or put a hold on) the subscription to your newspaper. Don’t publicize to anyone that you will be going on vacation, either the neighbors or on social media. If you want, you may want to send pictures of your trips to friends and family instead.
- Cut your lawn periodically or have someone shovel the snow on the driveway if you plan to go out for a long period of time.
- Lock the doors of your cars. Burglars may find it easier to get into your car than to get into your house. They are parked outside, and locks may be easier to unlock. Leaving valuable items in your car is a big no-no.
- Report security issues. Whether it is to the watchman or the police, don’t keep quiet if you see something or someone that is suspicious.
- Close building doors. This applies to people living in condos or apartments.
- Buy a home security system. Although it’s not 100% going to prevent all house break-ins it is of immense help. It will not only scare burglars but also will delay their plans. You want to preserve your valuables. For this reason, here are four types of home security systems that will help you do so:
- Monitored alarm system. When a strange occurrence is identified, personnel from the monitored alarm system company will call you to see if ask you if you are in fact experiencing a break-in at your house or if it was just a false alarm. In case it is, they will contact the police so they will assist you in your home security needs.
- Burglar alarm system. It has detectors on the windows and doors. They work by sending a signal to the main control panel is suspicious activity is detected in your home. Then, a loud alarm will sound, and this will let know the police that someone has broken into your home. Some insurance companies offer discounts on their products if this type of alarm is installed. Thus, you will be saving more relative amount of money while keeping your goods, your family, and yourself safe.
- Medical alarm system. This works like most alarm systems but works best for those people who are elderly.
- Build a fence. Solid fences are not recommended as burglars can easily climb them. The best options include ornamental or chain-link ones. Barbed wire and ones with sharp-pointed tops are also good options.
- Have friendly relationships with your neighbors. If you know your neighbors, you know what types of people you are surrounding yourself with. Also, good neighbors will also keep a watch on your house in case they see someone who wants to break in. You may be outside during work or school hours. Neighbors who work from their homes or are retired can help you spot suspicious activity when you aren’t anywhere near your property. They can also call the police if they see strange things happening in or around your house.
There you have it. The previous tips given are what you can do to prevent a house break-in. In case you think someone has already broken into your home, call the police on the 911 line and wait until they arrive. They have experience dealing with those types of situations. Update your inventory regularly. Knowing what you have will help the police know which items were recovered and which ones you need to claim.
*Disclaimer; The suggestions above are the ideas of Blue Ray Ventures, and not necessarily the opinion of ADT or SafeStreets USA.