If you’re fortunate enough to never been burglarized, consider yourself lucky; more than 2 million Americans are victims of burglary each year. Most people are content and feel safe with simply locking their front door and windows – until they get robbed. They then see how vulnerable their homes really are.
Here are some tips to help keep your home safe from uninvited strangers:
• Pay special care to corners that are not facing the main street or out of line of sight for other homes. If there are windows in these areas, make sure they’re well-secured. Also make sure that any area that could lead to an entry point is well lit.
• Invest in a security system that will be triggered if there is a disturbance in the windows.
• Keep your bushes and shrubs trimmed down to eliminate potential hiding places for intruders.
• Get together with your neighbors and set up some type of neighborhood watch system. If you’re going to be out of town for awhile, you may even want to have someone stay at your house while you’re away, or keep some lights on to make your home look occupied.
• Animal lover? Maybe it’s time to get a dog who will bark its head off at the whiff of a stranger. • Get a neighbor or friend to collect your mail, papers, and/or deliveries while you’re out of town. Mail that has noticeably built up in the mailbox is like an invitation to a burglar.
• Keep your garage door closed and locked.
• Push-button locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
Besides keeping your home protected from burglars, these security precautions could also help lower your home insurance cost. Along with having good smoke detectors, insurance companies smile upon you keeping your home safe from robbers and will often reward you with a discount.