No one wants burglars or thieves to be able to come into their home. Click here for some security tips on how to burglar proof your home.
There are almost 5000 home burglaries in the United States every day. This breaks down to one every 18 seconds. With three home invasions happening every minute, have you done all you can to secure your home?
Here you will learn how to burglar proof your home the right way and keep you and your family safe.
How to Burglar Proof Your Home
Have you ever wondered about how to protect your home from invasion? If you’re doing enough. If you’re safe? It’s important to consider your entire property.
Keeping your home safe means keeping your whole property safe. The only way to do that is to start from the outside in. Let’s start with securing the perimeter.
Start With Your Property Line
The absolute best way to secure your home is never allowing a thief near it in the first place. A secure perimeter around your property is your first line of defense against home burglary.
There are many different methods for securing the perimeter. You can invest in a high, strong fence with a security gate. A security gate with a camera lets you find out more about anyone requesting access to your home. You can ask for identification and other information. You can do all this without ever letting them anywhere near your front door.
There are other options for smaller properties. You could use a video doorbell. The video gets triggered when anyone is within a certain amount of feet from the unit. Also, there are invisible fencing options. These trigger a silent alarm if anyone crosses them.
Secure All Entry Points
Now that you’ve taken care of the outside of the home it’s time to take a look at the home itself. Securing any potential access point is critical to home security.
You’ll want to invest in a good security system. Make sure there are video cameras pointing at every access point in your home. It’s proven that homes with security systems are less likely to be robbed.
Now that you know you’ll have footage let’s move onto securing those entries.
How To Secure Windows
Securing windows seems like a no-brainer. But, most home invasions take advantage of the entry of convenience. What does that mean? Someone left a window or back door open. The thief didn’t have to work for it at all.
So the best window security is closing and locking all the windows. You do have options to take it a step further as well.
Your security system can arm each window with a sensor. There will be an alert that sounds whenever it is open or closed. This can be helpful not only in the case of a break-in but to keep children safe as well.
Inspect the state of your windows. Are the seals still good? Are they easy to open and close? If not, it may be time to replace them. Older windows are easier to break into. Replacing them with a new model will make your home more secure and more energy-efficient as a bonus.
How To Secure Doors
Again, lock your doors at all times. Even if you think you’ll be gone only a few moments. If you are going anywhere you can’t see the door, lock it behind you.
The last thing you want to is a stranger in your home after you’ve been working in your garden all morning.
Install motion sensors on any entry doors that let you in from the outside. This includes sliding glass doors as well. For an extra layer of protection on sliders, place a piece of wood or PVC piping in the track of the door. This gives an extra barrier to contend with for a would-be thief.
Padlock cellars and basement access doors from the outside. Make sure your cellar doors are in good shape and aren’t suffering from wood rot. Consider investing in higher quality doors, as well.
The safety of your family is worth the added expense. The sturdier doors will also keep anything stored in your cellar safe from the weather.
Consider Getting A Dog
Homes with dogs, large or small, are at less risk of a break-in. Thieves are not keen on barking dogs alerting the neighbors to their activities.
A dog can give you added peace of mind in the night and when you’re not at home.
But, What if Someone Still Gets In?
Always maintain proper use and testing of your security system. Make sure you set the security system and arm it anytime you leave.
Most systems also have a “home” setting that will keep the system armed even when everyone is in the house. This feature keeps the entries alarmed but turns the interior sensors off.
Make sure everyone in the family knows your pin code and safety phrase you’ve set for the security system. Every once in a while test the system by tripping the alarm. Be ready to answer the call from your security company and provide the safe phrase so the police don’t show up.
All these steps will give you the peace of mind that your security system is in working order and will protect you.
Your Home is Your Safe Haven, Keep It Protected
We hope this gave you a good idea of how to burglar proof your home. Start from the outside in with perimeter protection. Move on to secure all entryways around the entire home. Check windows and cellars to make sure they are in good working order and aren’t easy to break.
Lock your doors. Maintain a good security system. Place sensors at every entry point which will alert you if it’s been open or closed. Place the sign for your security company in a few different places on your lawn.
Taking these precautions will help keep you and your family from becoming a target. A few simple steps to avoid the heartbreak and loss of a home burglary. This seems like it’s worth the cost and sweat equity to me.
Have you done anything to make your home safer? Been a victim of a home invasion? Think we missed a great idea on keeping your home safe and protected? Please share your experiences in the comments below.