Tuesday, January 27, 2015

6 Ways to Keep Burglars Away From Your Home

When it comes to keeping your home safe and intruder-free, a good offense is the best defense. If you can make your home less than appealing to burglars, they’ll bypass it entirely. Follow these six tips for keeping intruders away from your family and your belongings.

1. Make sure that your home is well-lit at night. It’s more likely that a burglar will break in if they think they’ll remain unseen. To save on energy, install motion-sensor lights. Aside from being good for the environment, these lights will also surprise an intruder and alert homeowners that something or someone’s nearby.

2. Don’t show off your recent big purchases by leaving the boxes on the side of the road. This is an especially big problem during the holidays, when people discard boxes to flat screen TVs, video game system, laptops, and more. If a burglar knows there’s something valuable inside, they’ll be more inclined to break in.

3. Let the sun stream in during the day, but at night, pull down those blinds. When it’s dark outside and the lights are on in your house, it’s easy to see everything that’s going on inside. Intruders will sometimes choose their targets simply because they see what’s going on inside. Even if your lights are off, the blinds should still be closed - an empty house is a prime target.

4. Untrimmed shrubs and bushes provide the perfect place for intruders to hide. Trim back your shrubbery so that they don’t have any type of camouflage. Your porch, doors, and windows should be visible to neighbors and anybody walking by - intruders shouldn’t be able to hide behind your own greenery.

5. Get a reliable alarm system and invest in  alarm monitoring so your home is protected even when you’re not there.

6. If you’ll be out of your house for a long time, like while on vacation, setup timers to give the illusion that people are home. Indoor lights, TV sets, and radios can all be set on timers to start and stop at designated times. Most of the time, a burglar wants to steal, not come face-to-face with someone inside the house.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, every 15 seconds another home in America is burglarized. Don’t become one of those numbers - be smart about protecting your home against intrusions.

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