May 27, 2016 By Contributor
Guest post by Malcolm Robinson
In the United States, a home burglary occurs every 13 seconds. That’s more than two million homes that are struck every year. Moreover, these break-ins are most likely to occur during the summer months, as families take vacations away from home.
Contrary to popular belief, most home break-ins are not performed by professionals. Eighty-five percent of home break-ins are carried out by opportunistic amateurs. In addition, home burglaries are most likely to happen during the day, when everyone is at work, not at night.
Here are 7 home security tips you can implement so that your house is less desireable to burglars.
Make it Look Like You’re Home
The National Burglary Institute estimates that 60% of break-ins happen when no one is in the home. Burglars are deterred when lights are on in the house when the TV is blaring, and when there is a car parked in the driveway. If you make your house look occupied when you’re gone, most burglars will simply pass it by.
Lock Up Windows and Doors
More than 40 percent of home break-ins occur without forced entry. This means many people are leaving their homes without locking the doors and windows. Double check windows and doors before you leave your house. In addition, remember windows have latches, not locks. They should have secondary devices such as wooden dowels or frame pins to prevent them sliding open from the outside. For your doors, use high-quality locks that resist twisting, prying, and lock-picking. For forced entry, upgrade your door with a heavy-duty, strike plate.They are available in most hardware stores and this upgrade alone will deter or prevent most through-the-door forced entries.
Secure the Patio Door with a Piece of Plywood
Sliding glass doors could be your home’s biggest weakness and most are secured by latches, not locks. Upgrade your sliding door with a locking mechanism or insert a blocking device in the door track. Take a piece of wood (or even a broomhandle) and place it in the track of your patio door. This will prevent door movement when you are out of the house.
Add Security System Signs on Your Lawn
Thieves will go out of their way to avoid homes with alarm systems because there is an increased chance of being caught. Place your security sign in a direction that faces high traffic and is easily noticed. This could make the difference in deterring intruders before they reach your door.
Beware of Dog!
A great solution to deter burglars is to own a dog. A dog’s sight, hearing and sense of smell are greater than their human owners. These senses allow dogs to notice an unwanted intruder long before we can. Once an intruder is detected, the dog will begin to bark as a warning to the intruder and as an alert to their owner. Knowing there is a dog on the property can help to deter potential burglars, and be an efficient alarm against intruders.
Install A Decoy Camera
If a home security system is not in your current budget, decoy camera can be a budget friendly burglar deterrent. They mimic the look and functionality of a video surveillance camera but they do not record. Install a decoy cameras near points of entry on your property. Criminals are less likely to burgularize your home if they think they will be caught on camera.
Upgrade To A Camera System
Upgrading from a decoy camera to a real camera is one of the best ways of securing your home. A camera will record daytime and nighttime activity, and when properly set up, can be viewed from a mobile device away from the property. For optimal results, safeguard all entrances to your property by installing a camera within line-of-sight of approaching intruders, and link them all back to a live video stream in the home. A camera system is more than a mere burglary deterrent. In the event that a burglary should happen to you, the video recordings can be used to identify intruders.
When you’re looking to protect your home from burglars you have a range of options to choose from. Securing your property is as simple as locking up entranceways and making it look like you’re home. Choose a low-cost solution like security system sign or a decoy camera to deter passersby, or get a dog and upgrade to a live streaming camera system and add a final layer of protection.