Top tips to secure your home today!
We’ve compiled a list from numerous sources that your could apply today. You’ll note that boosting your homes security doesn’t have to be a big-budget project.
- Look like you care about upkeep and security.
- Bushes, shrubs and trees can offer an intruder places to hide and camouflage signs of a break-in. Trim back any overgrown vegetation so that your home's windows, patios and doors are visible to neighbors and passersby.
- A large dog door (or cat door) can be a way in; secure it.
- Use shades, drapes and other window treatments to keep potentially tempting household items out of view. Burglary is sometimes a crime of opportunity and "window-shopping" is one way criminals choose potential targets.
- Make it difficult for someone to conceal themselves while breaking in. Avoid tall/thick shrubs around your windows and doors. Avoid privacy fences.
- Be sure not to draw undue attention to your home by discarding empty boxes on the pavement with your rubbish. This is a big problem during the holidays. By putting out boxes from a new flat-screen television, video game system, a laptop computer or other expensive home electronics on the pavement, you're showing a potential burglar exactly what new and valuable items are now available in your home.
- Having good exterior lighting on a timer helps, but the best thing is a motion sensor floodlight. When a motion light kicks on, it says "Hey, something's going on over here."
- Avoid having stuff in plain sight that says "We have lots of money." If you have an expensive car, keep it in a garage. If you have nice stuff in your house, keep your blinds closed. If you just bought a flatscreen, trash and conceal the box.
- Burglars case a neighborhood before they rob it. They know when you leave for work. They know when your neighbors leave for work. If you have neighbors that are home during the day, it will make your house a riskier break-in.
- If you have a security system, don't put one of those "Protected by ADT" boards on your door. Knowing which brand of security system can provide enough info on how to disable it. Get a generic board if you must have one.
- Get a dog. The bark is more important than the bite. A little yappy dog can be more of a deterrent than a German Shepard.
- Remember, the goal isn't to make your house completely break-in proof. It is simply to make your house a less attractive target than the other houses in your neighborhood. Look at the surrounding houses and adjust accordingly. Don't be the lowest-hanging fruit!
Lastly, get to know your neighbours. They can be your best allies in times of need, and could possibly deter a would be burglar. Before you join Neighbourly ™ make sure to meet them in person. Don’t feel bad if it has been ‘years’, now is always a good time.
Take care and keep safe neighbours!
- Team Neighbourly