No one wants to have their home broken in to. It not only affects you financially, it can affect you both emotionally and psychologically as well. Here are a few tips to help you protect yourself and your home.
- Lock your home when you leave and even when you’re home. It may seem a little silly, but burglars often check first for open doors and windows. If there are easy access points, it’s much easier for them to get in and out in little time without leaving much evidence behind. You especially don’t want them to be able to get in while you are home. It’s statistically less likely when someone is there, but not unheard of.
Whatever you can do to make your home look occupied while you're away is a good thing. You can buy timers that are programmable and will turn on lights, radios, and other electronics and give the illusion of someone being there. Make sure you vary their programs, however, as burglars know that some people use timers.
Remove hidden spare keys. Make sure you remove any spare keys you may have hidden outside in slightly obvious places. Burglars know to look for hidden keys, as they’ve become more popular. If you’re concerned about having an easily accessible spare, have a neighbor hold on to your spare key while you're gone.
Keep valuable items out of sight. Make sure all valuable items and/or gifts are locked away and not visible to those who may be able to see into your home. It’s much more likely for a burglar to break into a home they know has easily accessible high-priced items. It’s far more likely if they know exactly where to get those items.
Have a neighbor you trust watch your house for you. This is especially important if you’re going to be away from your home for a few days or more. They can watch for suspicious activity as well as checking in on your home every couple of days to ensure everything is running smoothly. Only give keys to neighbors you know and trust.
- Install motion sensor lights outside your home. Outside lighting is one of the least expensive and most effective deterrents. Motion sensor lights give your home an added measure of security by illuminating anything that moves outside your home. They also enhance the efficacy of security cameras if you have them.
Suspend your mail. Suspending your mail and/or newspaper delivery is important so that potential burglars don’t know you’re away. Another option is to have a friend or neighbor pick them up for you. This will not only ensure your mail is kept safe, but it will make it less obvious that your home is unoccupied.
We hope these help you to stay safe! Whether you choose to do one, or all of these, It's important to do what fits your situation the most. Just remember that any step you take to protect yourself will help.