Top Tips for Burglar-Proofing Your Home – Besides an Expensive Alarm System

An expensive security system for your home is nice to have, but it’s not the only way to protect your home against burglary. There are other important things that everyone should do to burglar-proof their homes, even when an alarm system is installed. Here are the top tips for securing your home.

Keep the Outside of Your Home Well-Lit at Night

One of the most important ways to make your home less attractive to burglars is with lighting. Burglars want to be hidden, and they look for dark places to lurk and conceal their activities. Make sure the entire perimeter of your home is well-lit with bright lights, especially near all doors and windows. Motion-detecting lights are also effective. It’s a good idea to place your outside lights on a timer, also, so your lights will always go on at night, even if you’re not home or you forget.
Check and Maintain Your Yard

Burglars also often hide in or behind bushes, shrubs, and trees. If you have any areas with high or wide plants that could easily conceal someone, you might want to consider redoing your landscaping. Watch for other areas that could hide someone, like behind a shed, fence, or outside decorations.
Reinforce Your Sliding Glass Door

If you have a sliding glass door in your home, take special care to prevent burglars from entering it. Many burglars enter through sliding glass doors because they’re easy to open and are often unlocked. Never leave yours unlocked or open, even when you’re at home, and install a second lock on it, preferably a deadbolt. Also place a piece of wood in the door track that will prevent it from sliding open.
Keep Doors and Windows Locked at All Times

An unlocked door or window is practically an invitation for a burglar to enter your home. Do not leave doors or windows unlocked, even when you’re inside. Get in the habit of checking window locks periodically, and fix any broken locks or latches. You may want to consider putting stronger locks on your windows, and adding additional locks to your doors if necessary, especially if they do not have a deadbolt lock on them. Do not forget to check your basement windows, too.
Take Special Care When on Vacation

If you are going on vacation, ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your home for you and to watch out for any suspicious behavior. Put your outside lights on a timer so they go on at night, or ask the neighbor to turn them on at night. Don’t leave them on the entire time you’re going, or it could signal that you’re away. Also stop any newspaper and mail delivery to your home during your vacation.
Don’t Leave Any House Keys Outside

Finally, no matter how well you think you’ve hidden your house key, don’t leave one outside! Burglars can, and will, find it and use it to enter your home. Give a trusted neighbor a copy of your key instead.

Robert Grant is a criminal justice professor and avid writer who often gives advice to people in need. He also loves to cover interesting legal situations and criminal justice issues as they arise.

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