Hard and fast statistics support the fact that it’s a dangerous world out there, with career criminals waiting to take advantage of someone’s lack of knowledge about home security. Did you know that in 2013, police made over 11 million arrests, with 1,600,000 of those arrests related to property crimes? The FBI also reports that some type of firearm was used in 40 percent of all residential and commercial robberies.
Beat the Criminals at their Game with These 10 Safety Tips
1. Scare Them Away With Lights
Inexpensive and easy to install, light timers should be used every day to prevent your home from ever looking uninhabited. Place light timers on lamps near back and front windows and keep curtains closed. A pattern of on-again, off-again lights will simulate occupancy of your residence and make burglars think more than twice about entering your home.
2. Security Landscaping Techniques
Landscaping is often overlooked by home and business owners as an integral part of an overall security plan. Burglars use bushes and trees to hide behind while “scoping” a potential place to rob or just before committing a crime. So make sure that all shrubs and bushes are less than three feet high and that tree branches are more than seven feet above the ground.
3. Replace Old Doors with Specialized Security Doors
Manufactured to resist forced entry, security doors offer dependable protection against home intrusion by incorporating steel plates and high-quality security locks. Nearly impenetrable against the force of heavy objects or cutting tools, security doors are a must-have if you live in high-crime areas.
4. Planning on a Long Vacation? Contact Your Local Police Department
Law enforcement loves nothing more than to capture and arrest criminals. Always let your local police department know when you will be absent from your home for an extended period. They will be more than happy to keep an eye on your residence.
5. Where NOT to Hide Spare Keys
If you have spare door keys hidden under a welcome mat or on top of a porch light–go get them now! Instead of hiding them where burglars can find them, hide spare keys under fake rocks where many real rocks surround it or put keys in a hose sprinkler head. You can also superglue a neodymium magnet to the inside of a gas barbeque leg and hide a key there.
6. Lock All Windows When You Aren’t At Home
Leaving just one window unlocked just in case a family member has forgotten their key increases your chance of being robbed by 90 percent. Burglars don’t just check one window–they check them all!
7. Install a wireless intercom system
Larger homes especially benefit from wireless intercom systems because they allow immediate communication among all people within the residence. If someone hears a strange noise while in a second-floor bathroom, they can instantly alert someone who may be in the basement and unable to hear suspicious noises.
8. Keep “Expensive” Trash in the Garage
If you recently bought a large-screen, LCD television, laptops or other valuable items, don’t put the boxes they came in outside by your trash can. You would be surprised at how many burglars cruise the streets on Christmas afternoon, checking out people’s trash–and potential hits.
9. Invest in a Floor or Wall Safe
If your home is robbed, at least the perpetrator won’t be able to steal jewerly, cash, gold bars or other valuables that can’t be replaced. Safes are explosion-proof and impenetrable–the bane of a burglar’s existence.
10. Signage Keeps Them Guessing
Beware of attack dog, security company bulletins and NRA stickers are a few warnings you can post outside your home to make robbers re-consider breaking into your home. After all-nothing is more satisfying than deceiving a criminal!