You wouldn’t purposefully give an open invitation to burglars to enter your home, but you may be doing so unwittingly. To protect your prized possessions, consider the following, and if you are guilty of making your home vulnerable to those blasted thieves, start to make some changes.
Here are the reasons why your home may be an easy target for burglars.
There are loads of things you can do to beef up your home’s security. From adding a burglar alarm to installing CCTV cameras on the outside of your property, you can build up your defenses to give your home a fighting chance. And as the burglar will be able to see some evidence of the security measures you have taken, they will be less liable to attempt a break-in.
Burglars could be anybody. They could be the door-to-door salesmen on your porch, or they could be the neighbours looking over your garden wall. They might not wear a black mask on their face, or have a swag bag over their shoulder, but they might be the person who has a clipboard in his hand or who has that welcoming smile that encourages you to let them inside. You need to be cautious. Don’t let a stranger inside (such as a tradesman), unless they can prove their credentials. Install blinds and shutters on doors and windows. And consider adding a privacy fence, as well as tall shrubs and bushes. The less people who can see into your home, the better!
It doesn’t matter if you’re away for a day or on vacation, if you have given clues to the burglar that you aren’t home, they may try to take advantage of you. And when we say clues, we mean broadcasting your whereabouts on social media or leaving your mailbox unattended to accumulate your mail and newspapers. Even when going to work, if you stick to the same routine each day, a burglar may pick up on it, knowing when you go out and knowing when you return. On a daily basis, the security measures we mentioned will deter the burglar, but when you are away for longer, follow the protection tips given here. After all, you don’t want to return home and find your property has been broken into.
There may be bad habits you are guilty of. Leaving doors and windows open when you aren’t in the vicinity, for example, or having items of interest laid out in your home or garden that are in full sight of the burglar. Neglecting to lock your door, even if you are only popping over to your next door neighbour’s home for a cup of sugar, is another terrible mistake you are making. So, if you are careless, change your habits. Close your doors and windows if you aren’t nearby. Remove prized possessions, and hide them away safely. Always lock your doors, even if you are out for a couple of minutes, and assuming you do have alarms, never forget to set them before you go anywhere.
If you have ever been burgled, you will understand the stress this causes. Not only will you have to make repairs and replace stolen items, but you will also have to endure the emotional stress in knowing somebody has touched your property. To reduce the chances of a burglary, don’t give them that open invitation to come in. Follow our tips, research security methods, and form safe and secure habits around your home.
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