Four Creative Ways to Secure Your Home from Burglary
We all know about the traditional ways to secure our home. Fancy locks, deadbolts, surveillance cameras, motion detectors, have all be around awhile. Security minded individuals probably already utilize one or two of the above methods of securing their home. Below are a four additional and creative ways to protect your home from burglaries.
1. If your home is like most you probably have some type of landscaping features directly surrounding your home. Instead of spreading woodchips in these areas, consider placing pebbles or other types of rocks. Wood chips are soft and quiet. Rocks are loud and may alert you if you have anyone creeping around your bedroom window. Also, plant some prickly bushes in these areas. Taking these steps can act as an early alert system for your home.
2. Utilize a home surveillance system which allows you to view what is going on in your home in real time. These systems will allow you to check your homes security from a computer, or smart phone, while you sit at work or in your driveway. Nothing would be worse than being ambushed in your own home. Such a system could not only prevent an ambush, but it could capture the criminal’s image for later criminal proceedings.
3. Vary your daily routine as much as possible. A well-disciplined criminal will conduct research on your routine to ensure an outcome in their favor. If the burglar knows you will leave the home at 9:00 a.m. and return at 5:00 p.m. every day, they have an advantage. If possible, work from home a day or two every week. Differ your arrival and departure times along with your route to work. If you park your car on the driveway, mix things up and put it in the garage. Any change will create doubt in a criminals mind. This doubt may have them looking for easier targets.
4. Consider creating an online social media group with your neighbors. Such a group could provide updates or notifications about weird characters in the neighborhood. Information about safety concerns, like downed power lines or gas leaks in the area, could also be shared on the group.