Break-ins and burglaries can happen at any time and put your family and property at risk. In the United States, nearly 2 million burglaries are committed each year and while you may recover your lost valuables, recovering a sense of security and peace within your own walls can be much harder.
Fortunately, there are a number of tried and tested methods you can implement in your home to prevent any potential intruders from gaining unwarranted access.
In this blog, we share a few tips on how to safeguard your home against break-ins.
Upgrade Your Home-Security Systems
Rapid technological advancements in home security systems have resulted in smarter ways to protect your home and property. We’ve come a long way from deadbolts as modern locking systems make use of “keyless” locks that can open and close doors based on smartphone apps.
Security systems also come equipped with video and audio recording capabilities allowing you to store video evidence of any intruders. Furthermore, you can even “create” digital keys and send them to, let’s say any guests or family members that have come over while you’re not at home. These keys are sent via the internet and grant temporary access.
There’s also the option of getting locks that have eye-scanners and fingerprint technology ensuring that the wrong person doesn’t enter your home. Due to the number of increasing competitors, this sort of technology is becoming cheaper and more accessible to an increasing number of households.
Don’t Put Your Valuables on Display
If your 50-inch flat screen TV is visible from the main street or if you’ve got expensive things lying around in the front yard, you’re making your home a lucrative target for any burglar.
Make sure that any expensive pieces of furniture aren’t easily visible through the windows. Install curtains and blinds and make it a habit to close them during night time. The fewer outsiders get to know about your possession, the better.
Trim the Shrubbery
Tall shrubbery makes a perfect hiding spot for thieves. Thick vegetation near windows can give them precious time to take a peek inside your house and plan their strategy. Placing thorny yet good-looking osmanthus plants will deter any intruders from seeking a hiding spot.
Know Thy Neighbor
Crimes are noticeably lower in communities that are small and tight-knit. Since everyone knows each other, it becomes easier to spot a stranger lurking around. Your neighbors might just prove to be the best line of defense because not only do they offer an outside perspective, they might have different work/school schedules which gives you an extra pair of eyes when you’re away from home.
The FBI reported 5.5 million cases of property theft in 2017, most of which were due to negligence on part of the homeowners. The key to effective home security requires you to remain vigilant and be aware of your surroundings.