Having your home broken into is completely violating. Burglars don’t just steal your stuff; they steal your peace of mind. While this is the sort of thing you think will never happen to you, it’s worth the time and effort to make sure you’re not a target. Below are five ways you can help secure your home against a break-in.
1. Use Landscaping As A Barrier
Purposefully place plants in spots that create a natural barrier to your home. Plant thorny rose bushes in front of bedroom windows and remove overgrown shrubs that provide coverage for criminals. Also, trim back any tree branches that might make an open upstairs window accessible.
2. Add A Security Alarm
While a loud alarm might not stop a burglar from quickly grabbing the large flat screen in your living room, it does limit their time for snooping around and finding other valuables. Install an alarm that monitors the entire perimeter of your home. Only give the code to family members and trusted friends. Also, be sure to advertise your alarm system with a sign out front.
3. Install Motion Detector Lights
Not only should these be placed in the front of your home, but also on the sides and in the backyard. Install motion detector floodlights that cover a wide area, and use LED bulbs so that you don’t have to change them as often.
4. Hide The Spare Key Better
Get creative when it comes to hiding your spare key. Seasoned thieves know the common places to look, such as under your doormat, in the mailbox and beneath flowerpots. If you can’t seem to find an obscure spot, then you’re best to leave it with a close neighbor.
5. Don’t Tweet Your Trips
While we may have the strictest of privacy settings on all of our social media outlets, you never know who your real Facebook friends are — or who they’re talking to. So don’t broadcast when you’ll be away from home over the Internet. Wait until you return to share pictures of your trip online.
The insecurities a robbery creates may be worse than losing your precious valuables. Take precautions by following the steps above to secure your home and make your possessions less of a target for looters.