3 Tips To Prevent Your Home From Being Burglarized

Posted on: 10 January 2017

You should be able to feel 100 percent safe when you are at home. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. After all, there is a home burglary occurring every 13 seconds. To help keep you and your family a little bit safer and provide you with some peace of mind, here are three things that you can do to make sure that burglars know that they are not invited into your home:

Make Sure Your Home Is Well-Lit and the Landscape Is Maintained.

Thieves tend to lurk in dark areas, as they are less likely to be seen. Dark areas provide them a place to hide, as do large shrubs, privacy fencing, etc. Therefore, it is important that you ensure your home is well-lit and that you keep your landscaping very well maintained. Otherwise, you are simply inviting potential burglars onto your property and giving them a place to hide out until they have the perfect opportunity to come out of hiding and commit their crime. Use motion detector lights all around your home – in the front, back, and side – and ensure that all of your shrubs, especially around windows, are kept trimmed.

Make Certain All Doors and Windows Are Always Locked.

While it probably goes without saying for most people, you need to make sure that you keep your doors and windows locked at all times. Unfortunately, this is one of the primary areas of entry for most burglars. Doors and windows should be closed and locked whether you are at home or away from home. It may also be a good idea to consider going above and beyond the simple standard locks by upgrading to steel bars outside of the window, which will ensure that outside trespassers cannot break out the window and enter your home. Make sure that all doors have high-quality deadbolts on them as well, as this will help keep thieves from simply using a credit card or other simple tool to break into your home.

Keep Your Garage Door Shut and Secure.

In addition to burglars using your home's doors and windows to enter the home, they will often use a garage door to gain access to your home. For one, many people leave garage doors open by accident, and garages sometimes have a door that will lead into the home. However, even if there is no entry to the home, there are still often valuables in the garage that a thief would love to take. Therefore, it is important that you double- and triple-check that you have shut your garage door before you go inside. In addition, it may be time to upgrade the security of your garage door by upgrading to a newer style of door as well as an opener with high-tech security features. 

For more information, contact local professionals like Bob's Lock & Key.