Nobody enjoys waking up or coming home to find that they were the victims of a home invasion. However, the unfortunate truth is that it happens from time to time. Crime can happen to anyone, anywhere. Fortunately, there are a few precautionary measures you and your family can take to deter criminals and help prevent your home from being a target for home invasion. Here are a few great tips to follow:
1.) Lock Up
While it might seem like common sense, a lot of burglaries are no-force entries, so locking your windows and doors is a good place to start, when it comes to burglar-proofing your home. Having at least one deadbolt lock in your home is another ideal way to prevent a home invasion. Sliding glass doors and windows should also always be locked and secure.
2.) Get An Alarm System
Installing some type of home security alarm system is another great way to stop a thief in his tracks. Posting a sign stating that you have an alarm system sometimes is enough of a deterrent to keep potential burglars at bay. For them, sometimes just the thought of an alarm is enough to stop them from trying to break in, and they will most likely try to find another house to break into. When considering what type of alarm to get, try to opt for one that includes motion sensors and can be placed near entry points in your home. Getting an alarm that is also very loud is another good decision, because if you’re not home your neighbors are more likely to hear it. While it is a good idea to advertise that you have an alarm system to scare away burglars, it may be wise to avoid advertising what type of alarm system you have. Some robbers are smart and can shut the system off using computer technology, so its best not to let them know what kind of alarm system you have.
3.) Get Motion Detector Lights
Motion detector lights are another great way to scare away robbers at night. Place them all around your property, and especially near entry points, windows, and dark areas in your yard. As soon as a potential thief steps onto your property, the light will go off, frightening them, and alerting you and your neighbors. Some motion detector lights even have a built in alarm or beeping system so that it makes an audible alert indoors whenever it goes off. This is another great way to prevent a home invasion and keep you alert of any danger.
4.) Post Signs
Posting signs like “No Trespassing”, “Beware of Dog”, “Alarm System”, or “Neighborhood Watch”, are all great ways to try and deter a burglar from breaking into your home. While it may not always work, it lets potential robbers know that you might be on the lookout more than others would be, and will at least potentially make them think twice before breaking into your home.
5.) Get To Know Your Neighbors
Getting to know your neighbors is a great way to prevent a home invasion. Not only will you feel safer, knowing who lives nearby, you can also keep in contact and let each other know if something is amiss. Exchanging emergency contact information is also another good habit to get into, just in case you ever need to get a hold of each other, but don’t have the time to just stop by each other’s home. Sometimes just knowing that you have friendly neighbors keeping an eye on things while you’re away or at work is comforting.
6.) Close Your Blinds or Curtains
Closing your blinds or curtains is another way to deter burglars. Not allowing them to see who is home, and when, or what type of belongings you have are all great ways to prevent your home from being robbed. If a potential burglar can’t see your widescreen TV from those wide open blinds, they might be less likely to try and break in. So do yourself a favor, and close your blinds or curtains at night, or when you’re not home.
7.) Leave A Light On
Sometimes just leaving a light or two on is a good way to deter a burglar. After all, most robbers will try to avoid a residence if they think somebody is home. So keep a light on when you are away from home, or even when you go to bed. Sometimes leaving a TV or radio on when you’re not home can also give the impression that somebody is home, and as a result, burglars will be less likely to try and break in.
8.) Maintain Landscaping
Considering what kind of landscape is around your property and maintaining shrubs and bushes are another way to try and prevent a home invasion. Burglars love hiding and taking cover, so keeping shrubs and bushes trimmed down low will prevent them from having a place to hide. You might also consider planting thorny shrubs near entry ways or under windows, to make them an even less attractive place to hide.
9.) Join Your Neighborhood Watch
Being a part of your local neighborhood watch is a great way to stay informed about crime in your neighborhood, and another great way to get to know your neighbors and exchange contact information and ideas for putting an end to home invasions. Neighborhood watches are a great place to voice concerns, learn valuable information and tips for protecting yourself, your family, and your home, and most neighborhood watches will also have a local cop present, or pass out pamphlets or signs.
10.) Report Suspicious Activity
One last way to prevent home invasions is to report any suspicious activity to the police or neighborhood security. Sometimes just practicing extra caution pays off and can stop a robbery from occurring all together. Letting police or security know that somebody is loitering near your home, looking in windows, or taking part in some other type of suspicious activity is a great way to stay alert and protect yourself and your home.