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.

is your home an easy target for thieves
is your home an easy target for thieves

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.

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MonetteforJack 5 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

I noticed in the news that burglaries are on the rise. I also noticed that the homes that were burglarized are houses where there are nice decorations outside. I think it would help that people in the neighborhood be more alert and aware, to look out for one another like the old times of past.

This is a timely, interesting and useful hub, Karen. I voted up! I do hope your readers will truly follow your tips to keep them and their houses safe.

Oh, and am going to learn about google+. Thank you so much, am learning from you.

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Karen N 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks for the tips and for stopping by. I'm still learning about google + myself but I do think that it's important to inform yourself. :)

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Being robbed is no fun--it's worth heeding the tips! We need to remember personal safety first--stuff can be replaced!

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Rehana Stormme 5 years ago

Thank you so much for this comprehensive hub! The tips you mention are very useful. Many people take it for granted that their home is safe. But they need to make sure that they are taking whatever precautions they can because anything can happen! Voted this hub up and useful!

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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

I saw a show on tv once where ex-burglars were taken to houses to show how they would break in. On one they quickly jumped from a detached garage roof nearby the house, to the roof on the house and through an unlocked upper window. They were out of there in minutes. This is a great list of tips and I also like the idea of having a trusted neighbor check for newspapers, packages, and other activity. Voted up and useful.

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

Very informative...great tips that I wouldn't have thought of! Does living right behind a police station count as a precaution? That's one that my family has taken! :)

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Karen N 4 years ago from United States Author

I would think that living behind a police station would work really well.

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