With over 2 million burglaries committed each year in America, there’s no wonder that more and more people are starting to take precautionary steps to ensure their house doesn’t become the target of burglars.
It is true that crime rates (of any kind) are lower in states that have lighter gun laws, as criminals are well aware of the fact that they may end up staring down the barrel of a gun. Even so, some tempt fate and unless you really want to play the odds and see if you draw the short stick, it’s best to take some measures to prevent criminals targeting your home.
Here are some easy and cheap ways to do this:
1.Get a dog
And when I say dog, I’m talking a big, load one. One that has some bite to match the bark. Dogs’ sense when someone else is about and will bark to notify its master. One thing burglars don’t want is to draw attention to themselves, so when a dog starts barking and people begin looking, he will move away fast.
Not to mention that hardly any burglar wants to end up on the wrong end of a dogs teeth.
2. Lock your doors and windows
You would think is common sense. You would be wrong. Over a third of all burglaries are “unlawful entry” rather than “forced entry.” Which means that the criminal didn’t have to force his way in, he just opened the door/window. So before you leave home, make sure that all the entry points are secured.
Even better invest in some better deadbolts and locks to ensure that even if some does try to break in, they’ll have a hard time doing it.
3. Putting up signs
Now, alarm systems tend to be expensive and on top of the installation cost, you have a monthly fee as well. If you can afford it, by all means do get one, as it will greatly boost your home’s security. If you can’t, don’t despair, there are solutions.
If you have neighbors that have alarm systems you might have noticed signs outside they house that states something like: “Protected by ABC alarm”. This sign would be enough to detour potential burglars. So if one of your neighbors (or other people you know) that has a security system moves away, ask them if you can’t have the sign, they’ll not need it any way.
Better yet check with the local printing and custom gift shop in your area if they can’t replicate the sign.
If you can’t get an alarm sign, try putting up others that send a clear message that you’re armed and not afraid to use lethal force. One thing few criminals want is to end up in a shootout with a homeowner.
Most people advise that you remove all shrubbery from under your windows as it may provide cover for burglars. This is somewhat true, if the shrubs are decorative, but there are shrubs that can actually prove a problem for criminals.
Planting thorny shrubs below the windows will be a great way to stop criminals from trying to get through. You have a wide variety of option that include: Rose bushes, hawthorn, blackthorn, fire bush, fuchsia, barberry, and holly. Opting for shrubs such as hawthorn, blackthorn or barberry will even provide additional benefits as they are used in cooking and traditional medicine.
5. Car in the driveway
Most burglars break in when you’re not at home, so creating the illusion that some actually is, will make criminal rethink their intended target. This can be easily done by leaving your old car in the drive way, when you go to work or on vacation. Or, if one family member isn’t using their car, make sure it’s outside, rather than hiding it in the garage.
6. Patio door
This must be the weakest part of any home security. Why? Because in most cases is just one big glass sliding door waiting to be broken. The safest route here is changing the door altogether with a wooden door with a small glass window at eye level.
If you don’t want to do that there’s also the option of installing sheet metal screws in the upper track and putting a piece of wood in the lower one. The screws in the upper track need to be above the door, so that the door can still move. By being above, they prevent the door from being lifted off the track. A piece of wood in the lower track stops the door from opening, even if they manage to jimmy the lock.
Of course there are many other methods of securing your home such as putting bars on the windows, but some of them may not be permitted by local zoning and other codes. Nevertheless, just applying these simple 6 tips will significantly decrease the chance of becoming a target.
What other methods of securing your home do you know of? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.