Making Your Home Safer
You’ve worked hard to make your home a comfortable place for you and your family to relax and enjoy time together. Don’t allow a burglary to disturb your sense of peace. To reduce the potential for a break-in at your house, take steps to improve home security. Here are some tips to make your property safer.
Improve Home Security by Using the Window and Door Locks
Most burglaries are crimes of opportunity. One of the simplest ways to improve security is by using locks that are already in place in your car, and on the doors and windows of your home. Keep doors and windows locked, even during the day. Double-check the garage and sliding glass doors, as these are common entry points for thieves.
Make Your Home Seem Occupied When You’re Away
If you are going on vacation or out of town for a night, don’t post this information on social media. Make your home appear occupied, so no one knows you’re away.
- Leave the other car parked in the driveway if you are only taking one car.
- Use timers to turn lamps and the television on and off at different times of the day.
- If you use smart lights connected to an app, turn them on and off from your phone at appropriate times.
- Put a hold on your mail while you’re gone and ask a neighbor to pick up any delivered packages.
Don’t Assist Thieves in Breaking In
When doing yard work or landscaping, always pick up and store items that could be used to break in. Ladders, garden tools, crowbars, and hammers can be used to break windows or pry open a door to get inside your home. Because the items used during the burglary are yours, it is more challenging for police to catch the perpetrator.
Trim Bushes and Trees to Improve Home Security
While trees and bushes make your home more welcoming and attractive, they also provide burglars with a place to hide or a way to climb and gain entry to your property.
If you have bushes in your landscaping, keep them pruned and not directly next to windows. Keep trees near your home trimmed away from the house. If they are too close, a thief could use a tree to reach an upper-level window and enter the home.