When you’re in your home, you’re in your safe space – at least that’s the way it should be intended. However, despite having protection from the outside world, there are still criminals looking to break in and burglarize peoples’ homes, and sometimes even induce physical harm. Experiencing a major theft can be a huge financial setback, even if you have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, so the key is to make sure your home is well prepared for any thieves in your neighborhood. You may not be able to fully stop them, but there are a lot of ways to make it extremely difficult for them.
Here are a few ways and ideas to keep your home safe at all times:
- Keep your doors and windows locked. Seems like a no-brainer, right? Unfortunately, the fact that many burglars break into homes through unlocked doors and windows, it’s certainly an issue to address. Always remember to keep them locked at all times, especially at night or when you’re leaving the house. If you find it hard to remember all the various locks, make a checklist. Issuing deadbolts on garage doors and front doors makes it even harder for a burglar to break in.
- Set up a home security system. Having a system in place with alarms, timers, and direct contact with law enforcement professionals is a strong deterrent for potential burglars. Even having a sticker advertising your security system can give them cause to avoid your home.
- Install automatic lights – interior and exterior. Motion-sensor exterior lights have a record of deterring would-be criminals as they tend to be very bright and can light up the better part of a street. However, automatic indoor lights are also useful – you can program your lights to turn on and off at certain times with devices like Amazon Echo, giving people outside reason to believe somebody is home.
- Take extra precautions when you travel. Many people, when they travel, hire housesitters to deter potential burglars; having a completely empty home for several days or longer can easily attract anyone looking to steal or vandalize. Put a hold on your mail for the duration of your travel – you won’t have to risk important mail going “missing,” especially if you tend to receive information that can be compromised. Most people receive credit card applications in the mail, so putting a hold on mail while you’re gone can also prevent identity theft.