Would you like some tips how to make your home less of a target for a home burglar? While the security goal isn’t to make your house completely break-in proof, all you need to do is some of these things to make your house a less attractive target than the other houses in your neighborhood…
Look at the surrounding houses and adjust accordingly. In other words, blend in rather than stand out from your neighbors. If you home has the fanciest front yard on the street, it tells a burglar that you have more than the others. You’re a target.
Don’t make it easy for someone to conceal themselves while breaking in. Avoid tall or large shrubs around your windows and doors. Home privacy fencing also provides shielding between the burglar and the street, giving them more freedom of movement without being seen by others. If you have fencing like this, then you especially need motion lights within the perimeter.
Have good exterior security lighting. The best thing is a motion sensor floodlight which says when it goes on…, “Hey, something’s going on over here.”
Burglars case a neighborhood before they rob it. They will know your home schedule and your neighbors schedule. Be aware of this fact and adjust if you can.
They will see whatever you have outside in plain sight, which will be visual clues as to the potential valuables inside. Anything that looks expensive outside will indicate that you probably have expensive stuff inside. Examples… a new car in the driveway, manicured landscaping, a swimming pool in the backyard, expensive outdoor furniture, you get the idea…
Look like you care about upkeep and security, but you don’t want to look like you’re in a competition with keeping up with the Joneses. You don’t want to look like you have anything valuable, even if you do.
Avoid doors which have glass near or within reach of the doorknob. This is a home security “no-no” which creates an easy “smash and twist” to easily get in your home. This is one of the first things a burglar will notice when casing the neighborhood. They are looking for easy access.
Ultra Slim Window Alert (in case you do have glass near the door knob)
If you have air conditioners in any of the first floor windows, be sure to secure them into the window sash or frame. It’s easy to do with just a few screws.
If you have nice stuff in your home, don’t make it easy for a burglar to look through a window and see inside. It’s especially easy to see into a home at night when the lights are on inside. Be aware of this and use window blinds.
If you are on vacation or away from home at night, a “Fake-TV”, reviewed here, will create a powerful illusion that someone is home.
The main take-away from this list is this…
Whether or not your home appears as a target for a burglar will largely depend upon what it all looks like from the outside to that burglar. Home security and your first line of defense is the “appearance” that there’s nothing special here… just move along. Put yourself in their shoes and look around your property and home from the street. Do you blend in?