Is Your Home an Easy Target for Burglars?
Kelly's house was recently the target of an attempted break-in, but the bad-guys gave up and never made their way in. Is your house an easy target?
So often break-ins are a cases of 'opportunity' for criminals -- as they search for the path of least resistance. Here are some easy things you can do to put a few more obstacles in their path.
Are Your Doors Secure?
- Solid exterior doors offer much more resistance than hollow ones do.
- Deadbolts, strike plates, smart locks, and cameras can provide another layer of defense.
- The bad guys love sliding doors because they often have cheap latches. Use a safety bar inside the door track.
What About The Windows?
- Get in the habit of locking your windows when you leave home or go to bed.
- Other products are available to compliment or reinforce your window's locks.
Secure That Garage!
- An attached garage can be a route of easy-entry into your home.
- Keep your garage door down and latched.
- Always lock the door leading from the garage into your home.
Have You Replaced the Locks?
- When you move into a new home, be sure to replace all the locks.
- This is also a good time to upgrade old, cheap locks with higher quality, bad-guy resistant options.
Get Your Yard in Order
- A cluttered yard with trees and bushes blocking the view of your home make things easier for burglars.
- Automatic, motion-sensing lights make things tough on the bad guys.
Man's Best Friend
- Dogs discourage intruders. Simple as that.
- If you don't have a dog, a 'Beware of Dog' sign might help.
Hide Your Keys in the Right Spot
- Or better yet, don't hide them -- instead, leave them with a trusted neighbor,
- Bad Ideas: Under the doormat, in the mail box, or under that fake rock.
- Good Idea: A combination lock box.
What About a Security System
- A security system can a big deterrent to criminals, but it's not a substitute for all the above to-do items.
- There are a multitude of options from hard-wired, to wireless -- systems with cameras, mobile apps, and more.
Finally, many law enforcement departments will come to your home and conduct home security check. Just remember to call the non-emergency number when inquiring.