How to Discourage Robbers from Breaking into Your House
Your home is your castle. Your safe haven. Your go-to sanctuary. Unfortunately, however, many American homes are still vulnerable to outside threats. Whether you live in a crime ridden area, suburbia or an affluent neighborhood, each and every one of you are at risk of falling victim to theft and burglary. Whether you want to admit it or not, no matter your age, sex, gender, race or socio-economic situation… no one is off limits when it comes to robbery.
That’s exactly why it should be every homeowner’s top priority to discourage robbers from breaking into their homes. If you’re a conscious and responsible homeowner, you should know that crime prevention is instrumental in deterring dark minds. Homeowners must be proactive NOT reactive. Burglars are constantly on the lookout for vulnerability. Here’s a little sneak peek into their checklists… No security system? Check. No alarm system? Check. Main entry points open? Check. No lighting? Check. No activity? Check. No signs and stickers? Check. No guard dog? Check.
So, as a homeowner, what are you going to do about it? What are YOU going to do to protect your family and loved ones from robbers breaking into your humble abode? What are YOU going to do to give your family the peace of mind they well and truly deserve?
Seven Things You Should Do to Discourage Robbers
- 1. Purchase Security Cameras
One great way to discourage burglars from breaking and entering your home is to purchase and install an HD Security Camera on the interior and exterior of your home. If you and the family are going away on vacation for the holidays or if you’re leaving the house for a short period of time, security cameras can certainly come in handy. They not only prevent crime by deterring would be criminals but they also allow law enforcement officials to easily identify perpetrators and bring them to justice. It’s important, however, that you mount them in high, discreet places and even consider hidden cameras to prevent robbers from tampering with them.
- 2. Alarm System
Another proven way to dissuade outside dangers is to purchase and install an alarm system… but not just any ol’ alarm system. We’re talking about an advanced, state of the art alarm system from a trusted security company. Wink! Alarm systems, however, aren’t just to protect your home from criminal activity. They serve many purposes and protect against carbon monoxide, fires, floods and medical emergencies. The good news is that alarm systems no longer come with messy wires and are aesthetically pleasing. We offer a range of affordable and custom packages to suit your needs. Even greater news is that quality alarm systems actually increase your home’s resale value and can lower your home insurance.
- 3. Secure Entry Points
It’s ever-so vital for homeowners to be aware of the most common entry points in home invasions and how to secure them. There are four common entry points of a home. These include the front door, secondary doors, windows and other unlocked entrances. If your house is old and you have a fragile door, replace it. What about the backdoor? The garage door? And yes, even the basement door… robbers aren’t always big muscular men – they will slither through. Do you have window sensors and glass break sensors for your first floor windows? Buy them! And, for your own sake, please lock all doors… you don’t want to give robbers an open invitation.
- 4. Lighting
Do you have sufficient lighting in vulnerable sections of your home? This is not limited to the exterior of your home either. Perhaps you have a basement with an entry point that’s not properly lit. Automation is key here. It’s a wise idea for homeowners to automate lighting with timers to ensure their premise is well lit in commonly exposed areas. This is a great idea if you’re going to visit family for Thanksgiving or any holiday for that matter. Even if you’re heading out for a few hours, remember to turn an outside and inside light on before you leave. As minor as it sounds, it can make a world of difference. Motion sensing lights are another great idea as they will trigger if and when a robber enters your front or back yard.
- 5. Create an Appearance
Again, if you’re leaving your home for an extended period of time during the holiday season, take precautionary measures. Ask family, a friend or trusted neighbor to park their car in your driveway to make it “appear” as if someone is home. Similarly, ask someone to collect your mail so it doesn’t gather in your driveway or mailbox. Alternatively, you can ask for your mail to be suspended for the period of time in which you will be absent. Do NOT allow your lawn or any vegetation for that matter to get out of control as this is indicates to a burglar that no one is home. Hire someone to regularly take care of it!
- 6. Signs and Stickers
Always remember that robbers are sniffing around for vulnerable targets. A home with a sticker on the first floor window that clearly announces to the world that they are protected by a leading security company is certainly not a sign of vulnerability. It’s a sign of strength. Place signs and stickers on common entry points and in your front and back yard so burglars, bandits, felons and all of the above think twice before they decide to commit a crime against you and your family. Be proactive, think prevention.
- 7. Guard Dog
It’s well known that Doberman’s and German Shepherds make excellent guard dogs and are even good with kids if bred and raised well. In fact, guard dogs are probably the oldest security system in the world! Think about it… what better way to put off a lurking threat to your home than a loud barking, teeth bearing guard dog? This is true. But it’s always better to have advanced technology on your side for additional back up. A guard dog cannot record an encounter with a robber and they certainly cannot communicate with police officers. Ruff ruff!
Home Security Concepts is an ADT authorized dealer. Our security professionals are happy to provide you with additional tips on how to discourage robbers from breaking into your house. Contact us today to receive help from one of our expert customer service representatives. For more information about our plans and packages, we can be reached at (954) 713-9411 for Broward County and (305) 424-9219 for Miami-Dade County.