Is Your Home An Easy Target For Thieves?
When money is short you will find that more and more people turn to crime in order to help make ends meet. This is even more true during a recession when criminals may find themselves even more desperate than before.
What could be more scary than coming home late at night to find that your home has been burglarized ? Or even worse what if the robbers are still in your house? According to a recent report from the FBI a home invasion happens every 15 seconds and unfortunately many times something the homeowner has or hasn't done has put them at risk. The following list of 12 easy steps will help to make your home just a little less attractive to criminals.
Tips For Keeping Your Home Safe
1. Never leave your garage door open or unlocked. Once inside it's usually an easy matter for a thief to break into your home.
2. Keep shrubbery neatly trimmed around your house, the last thing that you want to do is to create hiding places for would-be burglars.
3. Have an up to date alarm system, the louder the better.
4. Have good exterior lighting around your home, burglars are more likely to pick an dark unlit home.
5. Don't hide your spare key outdoors, a good thief already knows all of the best hiding places.
6. Keep your doors and windows locked when you leave or go to bed.
7. Install kick proof doors, to do this you will need to replace hollow doors with ones that are made of solid wood or even specially reinforced steel doors. You will also want to have professional grade door locks and deadbolts installed.
8. Don't announce your vacation on Facebook, you would be surprised at home many times people do this only to come home to find their house has been burglarized.
9. Use timers to randomly turn lights TV's and radios off and on when you're not home.
10. Don't allow mail and newspapers to pile up when you're away, instead have the deliveries stopped until you get back.
11. Draw the shades and blinds at night or when you're not home. After all there's no reason for you to let would-be thieves get a good view of what might be inside.
12. Don't completely rely on a dog for protection. Sure a barking dog can sometimes be a good deterrent, but an experienced burglar may also be experienced at handling dogs.