According to the FBI, millions of homes across America are burglarized each year. The robbers successfully steal items that value in the thousands of dollars each time they’re successful. Electronic security systems are effective in protecting a home in many cases. There are also things a homeowner can do on their own, to increase their home’s security. It could begin with them looking at their home through the eyes of a burglar.
According to an article on MSN Money website, “There are tons of easy, no-tech ways to improve your home’s security for free or next to nothing.”
When burglars are choosing a property, they look for one that provides cover. This is very appealing to them. If there are trees and shrubbery around a house that block the view from the street, or from neighbors, burglars will notice it. The ability to not be seen is important to them. A homeowner can keep their hedges and other plants trimmed low. They can remove trees or anything else that provides a potential burglar with the ability to be hidden from view. A homeowner should also make certain all security system outside wiring is concealed. Burglars always search for ways to disconnect a home’s electronic security.
Many homeowner’s make the mistake of giving a house cleaner or other type of worker, a key to their home without doing a proper background check. It is important to do a background check, or use a reputable service that does. When using any type of cleaning or other firm, a homeowner should check their standing with the Better Business Bureau.
Off Site Storage and Home Safes
Many homeowners make the mistake of keeping very valuable items in their homes. In many cases, burglars know exactly where to look for these items. It may be a good decision to store these items in a safety deposit box at a bank. If a homeowner wants to store certain items in their home, they should consider investing in a home safe. The safe chosen should have a proven record of stopping burglars. It should also be bolted to the home’s basement slab.
It is also important for homeowners to keep an inventory of valuable items in their home. Photographs should be taken and receipts should be kept. This information can be stored online, or kept off site in a safety deposit box. This inventory list can be provided to insurance companies so that adequate insurance is put on valuable items. It is also a list that can be provided to law enforcement if a burglar is successful.
It’s important that homeowners try and build good relationships with their neighbors. They can keep watch on a home when the owner is away. They will also know the homeowner’s routine. There have been many cases when a person informed the police when they believed a burglar was inside a neighbor’s house.
An effective deterrent for burglars is making the house appear to be occupied at all times. When a person is not in their home, they can have lights, radios, televisions on a timer switch. It is also important to make certain that mail is held at the post office, and any package deliveries rerouted to a trusted neighbor or relative.
Motion Detector Lights
It is cost effective to install motion detector lights around a home. It should be done in the front of the home, but especially is the back portion of a home.