It’s important to know how to enforce home security to prevent break ins and burglaries. There are steps you can take to make sure your home is safe and eliminate the chance of someone intruding.
You may have already read about things your burglar won’t tell you bouncing around the web. If you haven’t yet, it’s a list of things a consultant, who hosts the Crime Doctor Website, and a professor, who interviewed a bunch of burglars for his book, put together. It actually gave me a little bit of an uneasy feeling after reading the list. Knowing all the things that burglars look for before invading is good to know, but like I said before, not exactly comforting. So If we make sure and do these things I think it can up our chances of home security and maybe helping (a little) by putting our minds more at ease.
Things burglars don’t want you to know:
- If you have nice taste outside, it most likely means you have nice taste inside.
- Signs that you aren’t home: piled up newspapers, mail or flyers on the front door. If it snows while you are out of town, it might be a good idea to have a neighbor make some tracks around the house, so virgin snow drifts don’t give away the fact that you aren’t home.
- Don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where a burglar can see if it’s set or not. A good security company will alarm the window over the sink and the windows over the second floor, where the master bedroom is.
- Don’t ever forget to lock your front door, lots of times a burglar will try that first and lots of times they can walk right in.
- Some burglars knock at your front door to see if you are home. If you are, they might ask for directions or offer to help in the yard. They may even carry a clipboard or carry a rake like a lawn guy to make sure and never look like a crook
- Don’t hide your valuables in drawers or a safe that’s not secured to the floor.
- A loud TV or radio can sometimes be as good as or better than a fancy alarm system. They have devices you can buy now that work on a timer and simulate the flickering glow of a real TV.
- Burglars don’t like dogs.
- Breaking a window, even if it’s a little noisy, is no big deal to them because even if your neighbor does here it, he will probably stop and listen to see if he can hear it again, and if he doesn’t he will just go back to whatever he was doing.
- Make sure and use your alarm system. What’s the point of paying for it if you don’t set it?
- Avoid announcing your vacations on Facebook, because it’s easy to look up your address.
- Never leave a window open, even if it’s just a cracks
Things You Can Do to Ensure Home Security:
- Lock your door, always. – 51% of break-ins occur during daylight. 49% occur after dark. 8,600 break-ins a day. 1 every 13 seconds.
- Every exterior door (even the garage door to the inside of the house) needs a deadbolt with a full 1″ throwbolt. They should also be solid
- Good exterior lighting around the house will prevent intruders. 40-watt bulbs on the porches should do the trick. Trimming the bushes should help too.
- Double cylinder deadbolts are good for doors with glass an arms length away will help, because they will need to the key to unlock from the inside.
- Sliding doors, when installed can easily be lifted out of place if not careful. Adjust screws in the door track to limit clearance. And make sure and add a broom stick or something similar in the track so the sliding door isn’t easily opened.
- When out of town, take extra steps to have the appearance that you are still home. Automatic devices, like the flickering TV, or timers to turn on different lights at different times. Have trusting neighbors pick up your mail and newspapers, maybe even have them use your garbage cans. During the winter have them make tracks or have the snow shoveled.
- Start a neighborhood watch.
- Make sure to hide our “spare key” well or not at all. Under the mat or above the door jamb is not good.
- If something does happen, you would want the police’s help asap right? Make sure your house numbers are nice and big so they are visible maybe even reflective. Help others by reporting strangers running through private yards.
- Don’t make it easy for a burglar to rob you. Hide your valuables or lock them in a safe that’s bolted down. Engrave your valuables with “this property is stolen from…” and include your divers license number. Don’t make it tempting for a robber when you have your empty TV box sitting in the driveway. Be careful, you don’t know who’s watching.
Sources: Weiser.com, 10 Things you must know about home security. Reader’s Digest, 13+ Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You, Author: Michelle Crouch from Reader’s Digest, September 2009. Richard T. Wright, criminology professor at the University of Missouri- St. Louis – Book: Burglars on the Job. Chris McGoey, host of crimedoctor.com.